Tsuba in the form of gingko leaves


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    Thin; formed as four ichō leaves radiating saltire-wires from the sd.; they overlap, leaving four openings, and the venation is softly modelled; in rich flush inlay and gold-cloisonné enamel are the leaves, tendrils and fruits of a creeper, also a sign [Figure] of unknown meaning; edge inlaid with numerous irregular blobs of gold and silver. Signed: Hirata (as a gold-cloisonné double-gourd shaped seal with red ground), and in roughly engraved characters on the other face, Tadakage [Japanese text]. (Unrecorded.)

    An outstanding piece. W. L. Behrens Collection, no.1671, plate XXIX.

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