M247. Auspicious Iron Tsuba
M247. Iron tsuba with gold. 7.1 x 7.3 x .6 cm at the raised rim. The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.9 cm. I call these auspicious characters because I can’t remember what they are. I’m sure they originated in China a long time ago and were borrowed by Japan. If you know the answer send me a message please; I’ll add it here. The raised brackets around the rim were covered in silver (nunome zogan?); most of the silver is lost. The characters were covered in gold; most remains on one side and the majority of the gold is lost on the other. The iron plate is in excellent condition. $450.