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Ko Katchushi Tsuba



From the collection of Kunio Iizuka,  a tsuba with a design that we usually see in yamgane, done in iron.   A large tuba from the middle Muromachi period .  8. 1 cm x 7.9 cm x 2mm.   The family crest is flanked by a plum blossom that has been augmented to accommodate an ana for kozuka.  The plum is one of the earliest flowers to bloom after the winter and symbolizes life after death associated with Buddhist philosophy.  The round sukashi at the bottom of the tsuba may be an udenuki-ana used to tie the sword to the wrist of the warrior going into combat.  Interestingly the number 7 () is marked on the seppadai three times, twice carved in and once in red lacquer.    


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