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"A maru-gata and maru mimi tsuba of well forged iron plate with eight roundels - circular emblems of flowers and/or family crests (mon) made of cast brass, pierced and chiseled in kebori, and with flat brass inlay (hira-zogan) of floral stems. This inlay style is Kaga Yoshiro zogan where the brass is inlaid into channels and then filed back to be flush with the surface of the iron plate. All inlay is present. The hitsu-ana are original and outlined in brass.
There are eight different kamon in all on both sides. All kamon are in sukashi, which are obviously visible on both sides, are of various daimyo families. These sukashi sections that are inlaid into the plate are refered to as ranma-bori because they have the appearance of the ranma (transom panels with openwork carving) that are seen in Japanese temples and other important buildings above walls and doorways.
Traditionally the Yoshiro school (Kaga-Yoshiro) produced tsuba decorated in silver, brass, and shakudo hira-zogan. This very fine example dates to ca. 1500." (Long)
7.35cm x 7.45cm x 0.35cm

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