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Sailboat Tsuba

KO 025

An early-mid Edo sukashi tsuba of  two men in a sailboat.  Brass bubbles in the wave and remnants of gold nunome on the sail, clothing, and boat.   Very nice iron, with good color.  7.76 cm x 7.69 cm. x 4.2 mm.  Purely conjecture on my part, but since one is a boatman, and the other appearing to be samurai, perhaps this references the duel between Miyamoto Musashi  and Sasaki Kojiro on April 13, 1612, when Musashi, using a boat oar, defeated the famous swordsman.    $375

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