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Provenance:  Elliott Long POA
"A well forged iron plate with five 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 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. The channels are visible in places where the brass is no longer present. The hitsu-ana are outlined in brass.
There are five 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. It was Koike Yoshiro Naomasa, active in the second half of the 16th century, who took the technique and style to the highest level.
Dates to the Momoyama or early Edo period.

Accompanied with a Hakogaki by Sato Kanzan" (Long)
8.10cm x 8.10cm x 0.35cm

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