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Ko Kinko Gold Tsuba
A large unusual gilt copper ko-kinko tsuba with an iron mimi, 8.85 cm x 8.396 cm x 4.24 mm. The gilt copper is decorated with oak leaves in takabori. As per Robert Haynes, 'I have never seen anything like this. I have no idea who made it'. This is the sort of glitz found in the Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), and that was Haynes's first thought.
Although earlier gilt examples are abundant: the Kinkakuji 1408, and lacquer boxes, this over the top presentation better fits the Momoyama period. From a private collection, and never submitted to shinsa.
Kinkakuji circa 1408