New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A KOFU SCHOOL TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1800), SIGNED KOFU JU TOSHIMASA
The oval brass plate is carved in an openwork design in the shape of a water dragon. The plate is polished; only the dragon's mane is carved with fine parallel lines--height 7.3cm., width 6.3cm., thickness 5.5mm.
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This rather common tsuba design is usually incorrectly attributed to Ito Toshimasa or the Egawa school. The artist lived in Kofu, a suburb of Edo, as indicated by his signature. He probably worked for a daimyo who lived outside the center of Edo.
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