New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A SAOTOME STYLE TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1850)
The oval iron plate is carved on both sides with wide, radiating grooves and thin lines that run between them. The left and right sides have an openwork design of the pine-river-diamond crest (matsukawabishi mon). The hammered rim and edge show some iron bones. The surface of the plate is covered with at least two layers of original brown lacquer--height 8.6cm., width 7.9cm., thickness 5.0mm.
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