M227. Shakudo Tsuba with Shishi
M227. Shakudo plate tsuba with katakiri-bori of a shishi and peony. 7.8 x 8.1 x .3 cm at the mimi (.4 cm at the seppa-dai). The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.8 cm. I think the plate is shakudo; if it isn’t it is some alloy of copper & gold very close to shakudo. The tsuba is a deeper black than in my pictures (devilishly difficult to photograph these) but not a pure black; it does have a brown cast.