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Hizen Namban Tsuba
A significant Hizen Namban tsuba. Intaglio Ho-o birds, sentoku inlay, delineating the panels, rim, an arabesque design at the seppa dai, and nunome decoration on the face. The reverse a sentoku wire outline around the edge, a lozenge inlay around the seppa dai, and twin dragons chasing a tama in shallow keibori with nunome. This plate is amazingly dense, and a quality and workmanship that I do generally associate with Hizen Namban tsuba. What had gone unnoticed, was a sword cut in the mimi. That they did so little damage is a testament to the quality of the iron. It was my eagle=eyed daughter that pointed out there were two cuts, not one. 8.02 cm x 7.8 cm x 5.9 mm. One sekigane is missing.
Sword Cuts Visible on Lower Right