Lenticular tsuba with hanawachigai, or interlaced circles enclosing karahana


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    Rounded oblong; slightly lenticular; each face (not the rounded edge) covered with a deeply engraved and stamped hanawachigai diaper (interlaced circles enclosing karahana, four-petalled flowers); the stamping includes the karahana and also the single nanako grain at each intersection, the latter certainly, the former probably, done before the engraving; the design partly covers the sd. Signed: Gotō Mitsunaga [Japanese text]. (Probably not Tsūjō, the XIth Master, d. 1722).

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