New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A HEIANJO STYLE TSUBA
MOMOYAMA PERIOD (CIRCA 1575)
The thick iron plate has its outer edge and rim formed as a twenty-eight petal chrysanthemum bloom. The area from the rim to the seppa-dai is covered, on each side, with a sheet of brass in four sections, carved as a double row of chrysanthemum petals--height 7.0cm., width 6.8cm., thickness 5.75mm.
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