New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A SHINGEN STYLE TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1700)
The round iron plate was originally carved with a series of open circles around the rim, and the web is carved as a chrysanthemum bloom. The rim's openwork is now filled with a copper, rope-form wire pattern common to the Shingen style of tsuba design--height and width 8.4cm., thickness 5.0mm.
W. L. Behrens collection
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Joly (1913-14), part III, fascicule II, plate XXVII, no. 1597, text p. 58.
This tsuba was made by the Shoami school of Kyoto. The wire decoration was added slightly later.
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