T197. Iron Sukashi Tsuba by Bushu Ito Masakata
T197. Iron sukashi tsuba signed Bushu Ju Masakata. 7.1 x 7.3 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.5 cm. Masakata was the 3rd generation head of the Bushu Ito School and son of Bushu Ito Masatsune. His date of death is 1774. This is a very nice tsuba in excellent condition. The theme is 4 rings, referring to an aspect of swordsmanship: being able to defend in 4 quadrants at once. $500.