New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN EDO KINKO TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1850), SIGNATURE SHIBUI YOSHIMASA HORI
The round iron plate is carved as a carriage wheel and inlaid with a praying mantis in nigurome with gilt wings. Carved stands of grass with gold tassel heads grow over the wheel on both sides of the plate. The kozuka hitsu-ana is plugged in shakudo--height and width 8.1cm., thickness 4.5mm.
Hotel Drouot, Paris, October 1966, lot 77
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This artist was associated with Honjo Yoshitane I (fl. 1850) and with Seki Yoshinori (b. 1799) for whom he worked on preparatory stages of tsuba manufacture and design. He later worked on his own.
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