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"The iron, with a strong appearance, is well forged. In hand, it is very heavy and could very well have been made from meteoric iron. The black lacquer is original and complete. The plum tree forms the irregular shaped ( jiyugata ) rim. This form of rim was later used by the Kasuga school of Higo, the Higo Nishigaki school, and the later generations of the Edo Akasaka school. The branches and blossoms of the plum tree are within. The fabrication is excellant. The kogai hitsu is unconventional in design. The shape of the seppa dai is koban." (Long)

8.0cm x 8.0cm x 0.6cm thick
"This Ko - Shoami tsuba dates to ca. 1500, Muromachi period or earlier. The design is the origin of the later design used by both the Higo Schools and the Akasaka School." (Long)

Reference both SASANO AKASAKA & SASANO (silver book), pg. 327, #285 Hayashi, 2nd generation Shigemitsu. (see below)

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