New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A TANAKA SCHOOL TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1850), WITH KAO
The rectangular, iron plate in hamadashi size for a tanto mounting is four-lobed, round-cornered and has a raised and rounded rim and edge. The surface is carved and hammered in a stone finish. The edge is carved with a tortoise-shell pattern. On the reverse a kao is carved to the lower left of the central opening--height 5.2cm., width 4.0cm., thickness 5.25mm.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
The style of the kao and the characteristic surface treatment indicate that this tsuba is the work of one of the artists of the Tanaka school.
Ahead of an online sale that honours their close bond, Meredith Etherington-Smith traces the roots of a 40-year collaboration
The artist tells us about his meticulous recreation of a child’s toy in a work that became an instant icon when it debuted at the Whitney Museum in New York in 2014