New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A SHINGEN STYLE TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1700)
The round, iron base plate is of spoked-wheel, chrysanthemum shape. It is bound with brass, copper and silver wire in the classic Shingen style--height and width 10.5cm., thickness at center 5.0mm., at the edge 1.05mm.
Double wood storage boxes. Inner box with inscription by Sato Kanzan, dated Showa 49 (1974). Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho certificate issued by the N.B.T.H.K., no. 158, dated Showa 46 (1971), Honbu shinsa (Tokyo shinsa).
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