Q163. Iron Tsuba with Paper to Bushu Masatsune
Q163. Iron sukashi tsuba with gold inlay. 7 x 7.2 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.8 cm. This tsuba comes with a Tokubetsu Kicho paper from the NBTHK dated 1972, giving it to Bushu Masatsune. There is also a laminated certificate from Aoi-Art in Tokyo which says, “Ginko leaf, maple leaf, pine cone, pine needles, acorns make a fine iron sukashi tsuba. Drifted late autumn leaves design is called Fukiyose-zu in Japanese. It is a witticism of Japanese language that Fukiyose is a homonym means wealth and fame.” Homonym means sounds the same. Don’t know that you’ll become wealthy or famous if you buy this tsuba but I do know you’ll like it. It is quite fine. $400.