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A Tosa Tsuba, Kyo-Shoami Tsuba, a Katchushi Tsuba, a Choshu Tsuba and an Iron Tsuba
A Tosa Tsuba, Kyo-Shoami Tsuba, a Katchushi Tsuba, a Choshu Tsuba and an Iron Tsuba

MUROMACHI-MOMOYAMA PERIOD (16TH-EARLY 17TH CENTURY), THE FIRST SIGNED KUNIYOSHI

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A Tosa Tsuba, Kyo-Shoami Tsuba, a Katchushi Tsuba, a Choshu Tsuba and an Iron Tsuba
Muromachi-Momoyama period (16th-early 17th century), the first signed Kuniyoshi
Comprising an iron sukashi tsuba pierced with young bracken ferns, the iron showing many areas of tekkotsu; an iron sukashi tsuba with a classic Kyoto design of a waterwheel and stylized waves, traces of silver nunome; a circular iron plate pierced around the inside of the rim with stylized open books, the web carved as a mallow leaf, traces of lacquer on the surface; a circular iron sukashi tsuba with a phoenix in a paulownia tree carved in the round with ke-bori and gold zogan highlights; a rounded-rectangular iron plate carved with leaves in shishiai-bori, the web gilded at a later date, raised rim
3½in. (8.9cm.) long (the largest) (5)
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