Brass Inlay Tsuba

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Provenance:   Robert E. Haynes NFS
"A very rare and highly important brass inlay tsuba. Of almost round shape and to be mounted on a very large tanto, sometimes seen in the Muromachi period. The design is of branches of kiku with five on each side, large open blooms and three large buds, also on each side. This brass inlay is pre-cast, with flange edges and then inlaid in precut areas of the plate and the flanges then covered with plate metal to secure them in place. This style of work is most notably seen in the work of the Higo Jingo school, but almost two hundred years later. None of the inlay has fallen out and the color is original.

The strange hitsu-ana I thought had been altered later, but on close examination it is clear they are original and to the taste of the artist who made this tsuba. There are no rules or laws at this time as to the shape or style of hitsu-ana and this artist created his own. There are iron bones in the rim which also has not been changed and there is no evidence that there was ever a rim cover or that the plate had been cut down.

A great deal more study needs to be done concerning this tsuba but it does show that many of the styles and types of workmanship we think were created in the Edo period can be found in the early Muromachi era, it is just that they are very rare." (Haynes)

6.50cm x 6.50cm x 0.35cm

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A Collaboration of Robert E. Haynes and Elliott D. Long

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