New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A BUSHU ITO SCHOOL TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1800), SIGNED BUSHU JU MASANOBU
The oval iron plate is carved and pierced with a melon vine and leaves, almost in the round. The design and detailed carving repeats on the reverse--height 7.4cm., width 7.3cm., thickness 5.5mm.
Hotel Drouot, Paris, October 1960, lot 112
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Ito Masanobu of the Kyoto Shoami family may have made this piece. He specialized in gold nunome work, and he was a tsuba merchant. There are also several other tsuba makers who signed themselves Bushu Masanobu.
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