J118. Namban Tsuba, Karakusa Sukashi
J118. Tsuba. 7 x 7.4 x .5 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is.9 x 2.9 cm. This piece is unusual in that the karakusa design continues into and over the seppa-dai. Its owner thinks maybe that this is a Japanese made tsuba in the style of Namban. It is nice that the kogai and kotsuka hitsu-ana were included in the original design; they haven’t been cut out of the design. The carving is splendid, crossing over and under, and the gold on the mimi is a quality touch. $345.