Kagamishi Study

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The Kagamishi were mirror makers in the period before the Edo age who also made tsuba. Nothing is known of the individuals or their background. A study of the mirrors of the Kamakura and Muromachi ages may throw some light on these workers. This kagamishi tsuba is of cast bronze, brass or yamagane. The shape of this particular tsuba is that of the aoi tsuba which represents a bridge between the shitogi and its origin with the standard shapes found in most of the later ages. The design is of a kebori decoration with inome at the four corners, bold in feeling and strong in arrangement. The openings within the casting are of unknown purpose and design.

In the best kagamishi tsuba the shape, ground, thickness, and quality of metal are very good and show remarkable skill. The plate in many cases is of superior quality despite its being made of cast metal.
6.45cm x 6.80cm x 0.45cm (rim)

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