New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A CLASSIC ONIN BRASS INLAY TSUBA
MUROMACHI PERIOD (CIRCA 1450)
The iron plate is inlaid on each side with cast brass and brass wire depicting mandarin orange (tachibana) and the hiki (sanbiki) crest (mon) employed by the Sakuma daimyo of Owari. The remaining inlay of brass depicts chrysanthemums, birds and dots of dew--height 8.5cm., width 8.4cm., thickness 2.5mm.
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Southern California Token Kai (1964), no. 73, p. 45.
One Hundred Masterpieces (1992), no. 45.
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