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Ko Tosho Tsuba
An impressive and extremely large ubu Ko Tosho tsuba, with large double tomoe sukashi. 9.63 cm x 9.47 cm x 2.8 mm to 3.0 mm at the mimi. Good color and condition. Granular and globular tekotsu, and tekotsu linked together forming a chain. Very fine granular tekotsu throughout, and the tsuba sparkles in sunlight. There is a small kirikomi (sword cut) in the edge. The size and character argue for early Muromachi or perhaps Nambokucho. Ex Arnold Frenzel collection*.
I ^ Small Kirikomi
Two pictures of the same area of tekotsu forming a chain
* Arnold Frenzel has long been one of the serious scholars and collector of tsuba, has a keen eye, and special love for old iron.