J112. Unusual Namban Tsuba
J112. Namban tsuba: iron with gold nunome. 7 x 7.7 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .85 x 2.8 cm. I think this is better than the average Namban tsuba. Notice the pierced area between the hitsu-anas and the seppa-dai and the raised and carved and pointed hitsu-anas. The collector who has consigned this tsuba to my site speculated that this piece copies elements of Chinese sword guards or may even be a Chinese export to Japan (more research is necessary). Chinese scabbards were narrower than Japanese saya; thus the space between.
The work is fine, the jizo mimi is a nice touch, and condition is excellent. $225.