Of pierced iron, elaborately cut with lotus petal border.
78 x 72 x 4.9 mm
Iron, gold, shakudō
For the Japanese market
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Among Nanban tsuba there is a genre that is best described as "Asian export sword guards," and among those, there is a distinct group that was made in China, for the Japanese market. The production center was most likely Canton.
For more information, see my article: Nanban tsuba, a Canton group.
With the characteristic lingzhi mushroom elements in the center, surrounded by pierced openwork with fine openwork with eleven undercut elements.
The designs feature water caltrops and flowers, overlaid with gold. It has a "sacred jewel" consisting of a little ball, in the upper left. It is cut loose from its surroundings so it moves freely within its compartment. The rim is beaded with an inner raised ring on each side.
One of the hitsu-ana was plugged in Japan with the prized shakudō, a copper-gold alloy patinated to a "raven black".
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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.
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
Chinese work for the Japanese market.