New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN ONIN STYLE TSUBA
MUROMACHI PERIOD (CIRCA 1400)
The thin, four-lobed iron plate is inlaid with brass dots (tenzogan) and brass wire lines with four openwork areas of three leaves each. There are some very good iron bones in the edge--height 7.2cm., width 7.1cm., thickness 3.0mm.
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