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Snake Tsuba

K0095

A large well carved tsuba of a viper, signed Todai Zokuhen (Guard of Ueno Park) Hidetomo Saku.  Shinchu with a silver eye and a shakudo puple, and a red alloy in the mouth.  7.73 cm x 7.07 cm x 4.4 mm to 8.5 mm.   Haynes H 01173.0.  He was active in the nineteenth century.  There seems to be only one example of his work recorded.   There is a possibility that H 01174.0 might be the same artist.  Excellent condition.                 $4,100.

 

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