Item: Kumagai (Edo-Higo) tsuba of iron with shakudo and gold inlay; with NBTHK "Hozon" attestationOrigin: JapanDate: Late Edo, 19th centuryMaterials: Iron, shakud?, goldHeight: 77.3 mm; Width: 72.4 mm; Thickness: 4.4 mm; Weight: 118 g
A mokk? form iron tsuba decorated with two spiders in high relief shakud? inlay, the cobweb inlaid in gold, a gold damascened (nunome) dragonfly and a fan leaning over to the back of the plate, and a cicada, inlaid in gold. The perforation in the bottom of tsuba (udenuki-ana) imitates old wood. Large hitsu-ana of typical Higo form. Unsigned. Copper sekigane. In the original wood box. Tsuba comes with NBTHK paper "Hozon": Worthy of Preservation.
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