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Higo Tsuba

Iron sukashi Higo tsuba (肥後), with a classic Tsuru or crane motif (鶴図), carved 'in the round',  with outspread wings enclosing over its head. Details of the head, feathers and cross-hatching on the seppadai, are finely carved into the plate, and prominent eyes are inlaid with brass. Two large udenuki-ana holes (腕貫孔) detail the bottom of the tsuba.

Higo is known for its crane motifs, with their bold, elegant design. This crane has a very similar facial carving, design layout and proportions to tsuba illustrated in the Higo Kinko Taikan, attributed to Kanshiro.  While this is not a Kanshiro, it strongly draws on the style, and is likely not too far removed in age.


Measurements: 7.72cm x 7.39cm x 0.5cm

Edo Period (江戸時代), 17th/18th century.



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