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Kinko Sukashi Tsuba
A large shinchu sukashi tsuba 8.12 cm. x 7.68 cm. x 4.1 mm. Excellent condition. The tegane indicates that this is a Kamiyoshi school piece. Purchased out of Germany some five years ago, with a compromised patina, so this was professionally recolored. As per Robert Haynes, "A very strange tsuba, to say the least. The Higo never did open work in brass. A Higo design, by an Umetada smith. The Umetada traveled all over, and copied everyone. If there was an artist making a tsuba, there would be an Umetada and a Shoami standing there watching them". Dates 1800 or a bit later.
An Example of a Higo Rakuju signature tegane.
Toso Kodogu Koza Vol. 7, page 258