New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A PROTO-KOIKE YOSHIRO TSUBA
MOMOYAMA PERIOD (CIRCA 1575)
The round iron plate is pierced and inset with eight reticulated, solid brass, pierced crest (mon sukashi) roundels and is decorated with a ground of inlaid brass vine leaves and tendrils flush to the surface. The inlay rolls over the rounded edge of the plate and the pierced apertures (hitsu-ana) retain their original brass outline which are in the classic shape found on many tsuba made from the middle to late Muromachi period (1450-1550).
Hotel Drouot, 23 March 1970, lot 397.
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