Octagonal tsuba with smilax plants and matsukawa-bishi, or overlapping lozenges


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    Iron, of grained texture. Octagonal, deeply cupped; the front covered with faint close vertical striation and encrusted in low-relief iro-e zōgan with trails of smilax, one continued onto the back; false ryōhitsu (not pierced), one of fan-mount shape, one of matsukawa (see no. 65 [EAX.10065]) form, each with inlaid "plug" of shakudō etched with a dappled pattern.

    Signed on the front in swordsmiths' style, for the iron: Kayō Kimpu no jū ("resident of Kanazawa in Kaga province") Myōchin Ki no Munehisa with kakihan (as in no. 93 [EAX.10093]); and on the back, for the decoration: Suzuki Yoshinori with kakihan (as in no. 70 [EAX.10070]).

    Bing Collection. Japan Society's Loan Exhibition, London, 1905, no. Q.88, pl. 17.

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