New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN AKAO SCHOOL TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1850)
The oval iron plate is carved in an openwork design of a praying mantis. The rim and edge are round and have some rusted areas. One of the hitsu-ana is plugged in shakudo--height 7.3cm., width 6.9cm., thickness 5.5mm.
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The Akao school of Echizen had artists working in Edo who commonly made sukashi tsuba of shakudo plate. This example, however, is the Edo iron-plate style.
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