Unusual nanban tsuba
Dimensions

74 x 73 x 5.4 mm

Weight

130 grams

Price €500, -

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Description

An unusual nanban tsuba of unknown origin. It is decorated in a style that reminds of some sawasa export wares. The facing side is carved with lions and minor dragons over a carved background of scrollwork. The reverse is carved with a lion on top, two dragon around the hitsu-ana and a flower in the bottom, over a carved cloud background. The designs are highlighted with gold overlay.

The fineness of carving and the fact that much of the overlay is done over a cross hatched background that is cut in three directions suggests the work is most likely done in Japan. If I had to guess, my mind goes towards the nanban-style carvers in Yamashiro.

See: Signed Nanban Tsuba

The kogai-hitsu-ana is plugged with shakudō, a prized copper and gold alloy.

A very charming piece that is of better quality than most of this genre.

Unusual nanban tsuba
Unusual nanban tsuba
Unusual nanban tsuba
Unusual nanban tsuba
Unusual nanban tsuba
Unusual nanban tsuba

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