T254. Iron Tsuba with Brass Inlay of Tiger & Bamboo
T254. Iron tsuba with raised brass inlay of bamboo & tiger. 6.2 x 6.4 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.7 cm. I believe this is a cat and tiger is the cat that comes to mind with Japanese art, so tiger it is. This is a very bony plate; I suppose it could be earlier than the brass work and adapted later as tastes changed. The work is well done and condition is excellent. $235.