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Lot 55: Tsuba


Estimate: $300 – $500

Signed Masatsune, likely a work of the Ito school of Bushu Ito school. Edo period. Maru gata (7.6 x 7.3cm) openwork three dimensionally carved and polished iron plate with two shakudo agatane (plugs), and gold highlights with a beautiful dark chocolate brown patina plate in very good condition. The well carved openwork (sukashi) subject matter is in a positive silhouette. The nakago ana is 2.8 x 0.8cm. The thickness at the seppa dai and the mimi is .45cm. A smith signed “Masatsune” in the same manner, he was referred to as “Jingoro of Ito”, possibly a second generation.

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