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Namban Alphabet Tsuba



An important and rare early Namban tsuba, dating from the first half of the seventeenth century.  Interestingly decorated with European script on the reverse, some letters serifed, others not, and the P omitted.   Udadaki ana, something generally found in Satsuma  guards, and an extra piercing, perhaps to balance the design.  A seppa dai only on the omote.  The plate is exceptionally good, not what I generally associate with Namban work.  The nunome is intact.  6.88 cm x 6.48 cm x 3 mm.    Boxed                                                         $1,050

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