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Saotome Chrysanthemum Tsuba


A large Edo period Saotome Chrysanthemum tsuba 8.65 cm x 8.6 cm x 4.2 mm. When making chrysanthemum sukashi tsuba, the Saotome frequently would construct the tsuba in multiple pieces, affixing the design element rather than laboriously cutting the pattern from a single plate.   This is such an example.  The seppa dai and the web were made separately then welded together.  Good plate, as would be expected, and color.  The patina is a bit worn on the seppa dai.  This is out of the woodwork, and has never been  to shinsa.                        $950


Detail Showing Two Piece Construction