Here is a large presentation-size iron tsuba inlaid with multi-metals.
legendary Kwanyu is portrayed stroking his long beard as he holds in
his hand a message from T'sao T'sao-an episode in the celebrated
"The Wars of the Three Kingdoms." Garbed in Chinese-style robes
patterned with auspicious dragons and wearing his characteristically
elaborate head gear, Kwanyu is executed in copper, shakudo and gold
nunome zogan, carved and chiseled details for the robe. On reverse,
the etched signature,Senpo-sai, date, Kaei-Gannen (1849) and raised
and copper signature cartouche can be found.
This tsuba is in very good condition and includes it kiri-wood storage
box with silk-padded interior.
Late Edo, Japan