Tsuba with chrysanthemum flower and animals


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    The iron centre is in the form of a chrysanthemum flower modelled with three layers of florets on the front, two layers (and two leaves [in shibuichi incrustation]) on the back; the wide silver border is concave and covered with rough ishime, though its hammered-up edge is polished; on one or both of these parts are encrusted a cobweb in gold, a ladybird in iron, a mantis and a butterfly in shibuichi, and another butterfly in silver, all with gold details; rh. plugged with shakudō vertically striated; specially made tang-hole plugs of ishime surface. Signed: Konkwan (as the last [EAX.11065]) with kakihan [Figure].

    Perhaps a genuine work by the master.

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