A Group Of Seven Namban Style Iron Tsuba
Unsigned, Edo Period (Late 18th/early 19th Century)
The circular plate pierced with the twelve zodiacal signs in gold nunome zogan, a design of chrysanthemums around the centre, squared mimi in nunome zogan; oval, pierced with two foreigners, one playing a trumpet, the other walking a dog among karakusa, gold nunome zogan; circular, pierced with a design of scrolling foliage, rounded mimi; oval, pierced with an insect, flowers and two people among karakusa; circular, pierced with birds, flowers and foliage, decorated with kanji characters, square mimi; octagonal, decorated with two dragons, a tiger and karashishi among karakusa, in nikubori ji-sukashi, the eyes in gold zogan, squared mimi; and aorigata, pierced with a shippo pattern and karakusa around the centre, rounded mimi
3.1/8in. (7.9cm.), thickness 4mm., 3.1/8in. (7.8cm.), thickness 3mm., 3¼in. (8.5cm.), thickness 5mm., 3.1/8in. (7.8cm.), thickness 3mm.,
3¼in. (8.3cm.), thickness 4mm., 3¼in. (8.5cm.), thickness 5mm.
and 3.3/8in. (8.6cm.), thickness 3mm. respectively (7)