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ca. 1600 or earlier $700.00
"Early Vietnamese/Southern Chinese guard in Ming style. The subject of foliate designs appears on the verso, while four lotus flowers appear on the recto. The floral motif appears to have been inspired by textile designs. The design of four lotus flowers confirm that this is not a Japanese tsuba. Four of anything in Japanese is 'chi', meaning 'death'. The rendering of the imagery is bold and the execution is excellent. All inlay is done in silver of which a fair amount is missing due to age. The hitsu-ana, done with great elegance, appear to have been added at a later date." (Long)

7.95cm x 8.00cm x 0.35cm

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