T533. Another Unusual Tsuba


T533. Iron tsuba with gold and silver inlay. 7.7 x 7.8 x .4 cm on the shakudo fukurin. The nakago hitsu-ana is .9 x 2.5 cm. The front side has raised relief of characters (anyone know what they say?) inlaid with gold; the back side is flat with extensive silver nunome zogan: small arcs (waves?) and a large ring around the outer edge. Another head scratcher; I have no idea which school this comes from. Not much of the soft metal is missing; condition is excellent. $495.