T267. Iron Tsuba with Spider and Salamander
T267. Iron tsuba with gold & silver inlay. 7.5 x 8.2 x .7 cm at the raised rim. The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.5 cm. This is an interesting tsuba in that the smith has left the folds open on the rim, something that requires great skill. On the front a spider and salamander are facing off; one will have the other for dinner. Condition is excellent with only the tiniest bit of inlay missing from the spider’s web. $325.