Lenticular tsuba with ferns


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    Lenticular; pierced with three young fern-fronds (warabide) in negative silhouette, accompanied on each face by fern-like foliage in tinted gold wire nunome; near the top left is a small undercut hole pierced through the guard and enclosing a tiny loose ball (compare certain Namban guards).

    Signed on the front with an illegible name, apparently with a kakihan, and on the back: ...Aizu no jū ("resident of Aidzu...") Katsumune [Japanese text] kore wo kizamu ("carved or chased this").

    Katsumune, an unrecorded artist, was possibly a Shōami of Aizu (see Group XII).

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