New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A KATCHUSHI SCHOOL TSUBA
MOMOYAMA PERIOD (CIRCA 1600)
The flat, round iron plate has a fine, radiating file-marked surface (amida yasuri). It is decorated with two swallows in stylized negative sukashi on the lower right and has a delicate raised rim and many fine iron bones in the edge. The plate retains some of its original black lacquer surface--height 7.2cm., width 7.0cm., thickness 3.25mm.
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The contemporary quality of the swallow design and the radiating file marks are typical of early Sendai katchushi examples. The hitsu-ana is a shape found in many Momoyama tsuba.
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