netuske inro tsuba katana gusoku yoroi hiroshige ukiyo-e
An Ito school Iron tsuba. 17th C.

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An Ito school Iron tsuba. 17th C.
Diameter: 7 cm. Sigend: Karatsu ju Masatsugu. Masatsugu is known as the founder of Ito school craftsman with a strong connection to Masanaga. Some works from the Enkyo period (1744-1748) are signed giving his age as 71 years old. He is classified as Koshu, a skillful workman. Masatsugu worked during the second half of the XVII century for the Okubo family of the Odawara han, in Sagami province, specializing in fine line piercing in tsuba of iron and shakudo. The Okubo family were daimyo of Odawara from 1686 to 1868, as well as daimyo of Karatsu in Hizen province from 1649 to 1678. Masatsugu moved from Odawara to Karatsu in 1649 together with his lord, then went to Sakura in 1678 and came back to Odawara in 1686.

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