(ca. 1500-1568)

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PROVENANCE:    Robert E. Haynes
                                            Elliott D. Long
                                            Luca Zanichelli
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"A fine classic iron plate katchushi tsuba. Both sides of the plate with "rain" style file marks (yasuri), that is later to be found on Sendai katchushi tsuba. With sukashi design of three tumble dolls (kukurizaru) and one hitsu-ana. The rim has good iron bones (tekkotsu). This type of katchushi tsuba was made for the most part in the middle to late Muromachi period." (Haynes)

8.45cm x 8.6cm x 0.25cm
"The kukurizaru is a self-righting doll originally representing the Buddhist saint Daruma. Normally, a kukurizaru is a weighted bag stuffed with cotton and tightly tied with a twine around the middle. Many tsuba incorporate kukurizaru designs because people were attracted by the self-righting aspect. The arrangement of the dolls demonstrate the humor of the smith." (Long)

A Collaboration of Robert E. Haynes and Elliott D. Long

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