New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A MITO-STYLE TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1700), SIGNED EIHAN YOSHIMITSU
The four-lobed rounded iron plate is hammered and formed with some cloud areas. It is overlaid with a brass dragon in high relief with fine, detailed carving. The lower left area of the face is decorated with brass clouds in high relief. The hitsu-ana are brass lined and the kogai hitsu is plugged with shakudo--height 7.2cm., width 6.7cm., thickness at the center 4.75mm, at the edge with inlay 9.0mm.
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The first two characters can be read Eihan or Nagasaka. No such name is known, nor is it certain if this is a family name or an art name.
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