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A small iron plate of mokko-gata shape, its forging and its tsuchime, and the classic Yamakichibei yakite-shitate treatment, confirms an early 17th century guard. The most intriguing aspect of the tsube are the hitsu-ana. Their outline is irregular, and complex on the edges. This is called kawari-gata hitsu-ana. Both hitsu-ana and the nakago-ana have copper inserts.

Signed: 'YAMAKICHIBEI'. This is the fifth master smith of the Momoyama to early Edo Yamakichibei workshop. This tsuba seems to have been made by the master, rather than being a daisaku/daimei piece. The workmanship expresses more feeling and power. Dates to ca. 1625.

5.70cm x 6.20cm x 0.35cm

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