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Provenance:   Elliott D. Long $4100.00
"A small compact Kanayama tsuba of very dense quality iron showing pronounced tekkotsu or iron bones. Tekkotsu are areas of steel that are harder due to greater carbon content than the surrounding metal. The metal has a bright gleam, and the rim is somewhat thin. The deep color of the iron, the look of age of the metal surfaces indicate that this is a work from the middle Muromachi period.
The design is representational of four double Ginger leaves (Shiho-dakimyoga), which symbolizes divine protection. More precisely, two opposed ginger leaves represent a request for protection from the gods of the native Japanese Shinto and the deities of Buddhism." (Long)
6.90cm x 6.80cm x 0.50cm (face) x 0.60cm (edge)

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