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Kunitomo Teei Tsuba
A fine example of a Sahari zogan tsuba signed, Teei. 7.646 cm x 7.491 cm x 5.73 mm. A classic sahari inlay by Kunitomo Teimei. A very dense plate with sahari gun metal inlay, showing its signature bubbling. Depending on the lighting the inlay is between what is shown and a reflective silver. In a custom box with silk cover, NBTHK Hozon kanteisho. $3,500
The Kunitomo were making guns throughout the Edo period. Their guns were instrumental in Tokugawa Iyeyasu's siege of Osaka castle. Their rifles were known as Udon Tepo (noodle guns) because of the tendency of the barrels warping with repeated use. Many of their guns were decorated with sahari inlay, and at least during the eighteenth century, this technique was used to decorate both iron and soft metal tsuba. Kunitomo Teiei, worked in the early eighteenth century, in Kaneyama in Ise Province, and Yamashiro,. His work dates from 1702 - 1709. Ref. Haynes, The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, Vol. III, S - Z.. H 09515.0. Wakayama, Toso Kodogu Meiji Taisei Vol. III pages 145 & 146.
Custom Box with Silk Cover
Toso Kodogu Meiji Taisei Vol. III