J129. Hizen Yagami 100 Shrimp Sukashi Tsuba
J129. Fine iron sukashi tsuba given to Hizen or possible Yagami offshoot with strong Chinese influence by its former owner. 7.3 x 7.9 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is.9 x 2.8 cm. 100 or 1,000 shrimp is the theme (there are a lot of them) and very intricate and delicate undercut sukashi is the technique. The shrimp eyes and scrolling around the rim are worked in gold (some missing) and the mimi is fine bamboo texture. There are a few spots where the patina is rubbed (especially on the seppa-dai), otherwise condition is excellent. $275.