New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN EARLY TACHIKANAGUCHI TSUBA
LATE KAMAKURA/EARLY MUROMACHI PERIOD (1330-1390)
The large round unrefined copper (yamagane) plate has the surface of both sides die-stamped with fourteen go-san no kiri mon within a double circle, fifteen twelve-petal chrysanthemums, many lightning (inazuma) crests, commas and small floral motifs--height 9.2cm., width 9.1cm., thickness at center 2.5mm., at edge 4.5mm.
Wood box with inscription by Kazutaro Torigoye, dated Showa 46 (1965).
Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho certificate issued by the N.B.T.H.K., no. 150, dated Showa 46 (1971).
John Harding, London
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One Hundred Masterpieces (1992), no. 66.
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