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A Charming Katchushi, Mutsu-Gata Sukashi Tsuba, Sengoku Period

A Charming Katchushi, Mutsu-Gata Sukashi Tsuba, Sengoku Period


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1700: Item # 1338169
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A katchushi mutsu-gata sukashi tsuba. The six lobed, thin plated armorer's tsuba with good tekkotsu and with openwork decoration was described by Skip Holbrook (ex collection) as Saotome made and depicting three birds. The Saotome were a line of armorers (katchu) turned tsuba makers. But I think a case could be made for the sukashi decoration being a wabi-sabi flower bloom or possibly paulownia leaves (rather than awkward looking "birds".) Use of the paulownia (kiri) mon could suggest Yamakichibei as those tsuba makers, from Owari, were outfitting swords for the Oda and the Toyotomi - the latter using the kiri ka-mon. Good condition. 2 7/8 (7.3 cm) inches x 2 13/16 (7.14 cm) inches