Carved out of copper alloy with details highlighted in gold.
74 x 73 x 5.4 mm
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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.
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Very delicate work with carved guardian lions.
Unusual tsuba with foreign figures and Chinese auspicious symbols.
Pierced and chiseled showing an 18th century European vessel.
Rare old keris handle made into a European wax seal.
Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.