T499. Higo Iron Sukashi Tsuba
T499. Iron sukashi tsuba that I believe to be Higo: window and paulownia. 7.8 x 8.5 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .9 x 2.8 cm. This is a design that was used by more than one of the groups, smiths of Higo (I’ve included pictures from Mr. Ito’s books on the Higo masters). I can’t tell you which was responsible for this tsuba but given the quality and condition I see no reason to doubt that it is Higo in origin. There is a nice, soft patina: quite elegant. $665.