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Provenance: Robert E. Haynes Not For Sale
"Although there are many Kyo-sukashi versions of water plantain leaves, few are as elegant as this one. The slightly narrowed seppa-dai, which causes the hitsu-ana to incline inward, is an indication of age. The antique appearance of the iron also suggests that the guard dates from the inception of the ji-sukashi style. The examples range in date from ca. 1400 to 1500.
See examples in books ie: 'Sukashi Tsuba' by Shibata and 'Early Japanese Sword Guards' by Sasano." (Haynes)

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