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Provenance: Elliott Long $3000.00
A maru-gata, yamagane tsuba with a large rounded mimi. The rim and surface has a worm-eaten effect called mushikui. On the inner plate both sides, appear sixteen mon of the chrysanthemum (kiku) within a hexagon shape forming a circular design. The deep black color of the yamagane in combination with the reflective sheen of the surface is very stunning. Dates to early Muromachi ca. 1450.

This tsuba is especially powerful in meaning. One feature catching our attention would be the worm eaten surface. Its purpose might just be a reminder of the impermanence of all things, which is a standard theme in Buddhism.
7.60cm x 7.90cm x 0.40cm (rim)

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