M242. Large Iron Tsuba with Unusual Inlay
M242. Iron tsuba with inlay. 8 x 8.5 x .45 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .9 x 2.9 cm. A variety of techniques and materials are used on this piece. 2 twisting vines with brass inlay sit proud on each side; tendrils with berries branch off and are raised less proud of the surface. The background is hira-zogan of brass or gold: leaves and flowers. The plate, with a dote-mimi, shows ample & subtle tekkotsu on the edge. Some of the hira zogan in the background is missing; all of the raised inlay is intact. The number 888 is painted inside the nakago hitsu-ana (both sides); this tsuba used to belong to a museum or large collection. Excellent condition. $445.