New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A KYOTO SCHOOL TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1700)
The thick, round iron plate is carved in an openwork design of six triple-branch pine boughs. The needles of three boughs are carved in fine, parallel lines and the others in a more schematic manner. There are some fine iron bones in the rim and the edge--height and width 8.1cm., thickness 4.5mm.
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This tsuba was probably made by the Kyoto Shoami school; the carving of the pine needles is unusual.
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