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Kyoto Mon Tsuba

TS0414

A large mid-Edo sukashi mon tsuba, made up of boar's eye, ken, and flower patterns.  No, those are not Christian crosses, they are flower stamen.  Since being a Christian was a capital offense, not many would paint themselves with a scarlet letter in iron.  The rich black plate is good iron covered with granular tekotsu.  8.57 cm x 8.6 cm x 4.5 mm.  Boxed                                                                                                                                             $850

 

    

Granular Tekotsu

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