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Dragon on Waves Tsuba
A very artful shakudo tsuba carved with breaking waves in takabori and keibori with gold zogan bubbles, and taka zogan coiled gold dragons on the waves. A similar piece, prehaps by the same hand, is pictured in Japanese Swords and Sword Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston by Morihiro Ogawa Page 376. The waves, instead of stopping abruptly with an angular cut at the hitsuana, a beveled surface makes it appear as if they flow into the openings. 7.58 cm x 6.9 cm x 4.7 mm. Wonderful condition, and color. I had the luxury of showing this to Robert Haynes and getting his opinion. The plate is circa 1800, and of northern taste, from either Sendai or Shonai. The dragons are likely gold menuki applied to the plate, so likely a marriage of Shonai and Goto. Never been to shinsa.
Fingerprints on seppa dai.
Note the fluidity of the carving of the waves
Mimi: Sides Top
Japanese Swords and Sword Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston by Morihiro Ogawa Page 376