T308. Higo Iron Tsuba
T308. Iron tsuba with brass and copper inlay: Higo. 7.3 x 7.6 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .85 x 3 cm. This is a common design in Higo tsuba: some poor slob in a very large hat running through a fierce storm. Typical for Higo flat black iron and the inlay is perfectly intact (it was never supposed to be continual in every shaft of rain). One hitsu-ana is plugged with shakudo nanako (nice touch) and there is a shallow scratch or cut (sword cut?) on the lower half of the front. The hammer work on the plate blends wonderfully with the rain storm: great piece.
This tsuba comes with a fitted box. $650.