New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN ONIN STYLE TSUBA
MUROMACHI PERIOD (CIRCA 1400)
The thin, round iron plate is decorated on both sides in brass dot inlay (tenzogan) and thin wire inlay. The hitsu-ana are original. Some brass dots and wire inlay are missing, and there is some rust on the plate surface--height and width 7.6cm., thickness 3.0mm.
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Three rows of dots characterize early inlay style whereas later examples (middle to late Muromachi period, 1450-1550) have four or five rows of dots.
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