Lenticular tsuba with grasshopper, crickets, and autumn plants


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    Thick; slightly lenticular; the edge overlapped by a mass of leaves, in relief, belonging to the various autumn plants that issue from it on each face; these include chrysanthemum, aster, gentian, begonia, lespedeza, patrinia and eularia; the flowers are richly encrusted in gold, the inflorescence of the eularia and numerous dewdrops in silver; also in gold and silver are a grasshopper and two crickets; ground of fine nanako; rh. plugs of nanako copper-gilt. Signed: Terumasa [Japanese text] with kakihan [Figure] (1704-1772).

    Japan Society, London, Loan Exhibition, 1905, no. R.43. An unusually fine piece of work, and, one may be permitted to hope, a genuine example by this famous master.

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