New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN OWARI NOBUIE TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1750), SIGNED NOBUIE
The thick iron plate has a nearly tubular rim carved in a wide rope pattern over the outer edge, and with parallel lines from the rim toward the web. The center of the plate has a wide, slightly raised carved cross design in a surface of pinpoint hammering. The design repeats on the reverse. The rim has iron bones, and the hitsu-ana have very heavy shakudo inserts (sekigane)--height and width 7.8cm., thickness at center 5.0mm., at edge 1.2cm.
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