New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A TANAKA STYLE TSUBA
MEIJI ERA (CIRCA 1870), SIGNED YOSHITSUGU TSUKURU KORE
The round-cornered, rectangular iron plate has a slightly raised flat rim and edge. It is decorated in high relief with large iron rocks and two pine trees with gold needles. Small adjacent rocks are executed in nigurome and copper with gilt accents, and a flock of gold geese fly toward a silver moon. The reverse is decorated with two pine trees, one in iron and the other in nigurome, both with gold accents. The hitsu-ana are plugged in shakudo--height 8.4cm., width 7.7cm., thickness 4.0mm.
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