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"A round tsuba of very dense iron, feeling surprisingly heavy for its size. Both the face and mimi have a variety of strong but natural tekkotsu. The color of the metal is deep, and its overall mood antique. The design of a large, single shrine gate (Torii) and the two representations of the paper ribbons that hang at a gate with written prayers, as the sole pattern is unusual, but being concise yet noble, shows how lofty the aesthetic ideals of Muromachi warriors were. The deep color of the iron, and the look of age of the metal surfaces indicate that this work is dated to the late Muromachi period." (Long)

SIZE: 6.6cm x 6.6cm x 0.5cm.
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