New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN ONIN STYLE TSUBA
MUROMACHI PERIOD (CIRCA 1550)
The round iron plate has an openwork design of checkerboard pattern, inlaid in brass, with three bars in a circle (kiki maru) the family crest of the Abe and other daimyo families. The plate has brass inlay of chrysanthemum, leaves and wire lines. The square hitsu-ana are original. Some of the brass wire is missing--height 8.2cm., width 8.1cm., thickness 4.0mm.
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This style of Onin tsuba combining early inlay with a late plate illustrates that this type of tsuba was popular for over one hundred and fifty years.
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