Q127. Iron & Gold Tsuba with Hakogaki
Q127. Iron tsuba with extensive gold inlay. 8 x 8.1 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .9 x 2.7 cm. The gold is raised above the surface: very finely done nunome I believe. This comes in a fitted box with a hakogaki. A piece of paper inside the box claims to be a translation. It reads,
“Cover: San Sui Tsuba (design of river/mountain)
Inside: Bizen Shoami, Iron, round shape, deeply carved, Yoshu (Iyo) inlay, ryo hitsu are closed.”
I can’t see where the hakogaki says Bizen Shoami but otherwise it seems to make sense. Condition is excellent; I see no evidence of missing gold. $450.