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Provenance:  Elliott Long $3600.00
"A maru-gata and maru mimi tsuba of well forged iron plate with six 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 vines with flower buds. This inlay style is 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 with the exception of four very small pieces. The rectangular hitsu-ana is original as is the kozuka-ana that is outlined in brass. Note the thickness of the sekegane in nakago-ana.

There are six 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.

Appears to be Mumei but if close study under good light there are vestiges of a mei belonging to SABURO DAIYU.

Dates to ca. 1500-1550. This is 100 years earlier than Naomasa." (Long)

This piece published in 'TSUBA SHUSEI' by Nakamura, 1963.
8.10cm x 8.30cm x 0.30cm

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