Of pierced iron, elaborately cut with lotus petal border.
61 x 52 x 6.3 mm
Brass and gold
A European private collection
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A charming tsuba for a tanto. Made of a yellowish copper alloy, it that depicts a hawk on a pine tree, preying over smaller birds. Some details like its beak, claws and the birds are highlighted with gold.
The work is signed 正允, "Masayoshi", a maker I have not been able to find in the standard reference books.
This is a classic design from around the Meiji period (1868-1912) that was made by several makers at the time.
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Unusual tsuba with foreign figures and Chinese auspicious symbols.
Pierced and chiseled showing an 18th century European vessel.
Very finely carved with designs reminiscent of export wares.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no…
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.