T177. Iron Tsuba, Golden Bird and Rain. Special
T177. Iron tsuba with a bird of gold. 7 x 7.4 x .4 cm. This tsuba comes with a box, with hakogake that reads, “Ame sukashikakako tetsu tsuba.” Rain sukashi cuckoo iron tsuba. Also on the lid is a sticker that reads, “26 APR 95 Sale 8132 Lot 694.” Inside the box, under the pad, I found the sale tag from Christie’s and a note with the translation of the hakogake and “ex. Prince Ichjo Coll. From Joe Seo N.Y. ca. 1960.”
I think this one is special. The bird is wonderfully carved (with a shakudo eye), flying in rain, and in the distance are trees, carved soft and subtle to give the perfect appearance of being seen through the rain. And the kogai hitsu-ana, which is filled with shakudo, is worked in gold and silver: clouds and a crescent moon. The rim appears to be a shakudo fukurin but it isn’t. It’s carved from the iron to look like a fukurin: amazing work. There is the slightest bit of rubbing on the back of the shakudo plug; this will heal with time. Otherwise all is in perfect condition. $750.