Agree with that Darcy's 'Momoyama' one is better condition than the Juyo one.
I tend to avoid mythological themes and creatures, but that is a Dhamn fine one.
To keep this thread going:
Higo tsuba by Kohrin.
According to one Japanese source, there are only 25 to 30 supposedly in existence.
I've seen 2 at the DTI, this dealer has 2 out of somewhere: http://www.t-touken.com/archives/4856, and another list member owns one. Plus those in Ito-san's book or possession and the Higo Kinko Taikan, I have record of about 17 of the supposed 25 to 30.
He was known for inlay work.
All that gold is not applied, but inlaid.
The one belonging to another NMB member has multiple silver moons inlaid and shakudo trees along the ridges of a mountainside.
----> Often they are unsigned, but have a distinctive rope mimi- usually done in shakudo.
----> Design elements used by the artist: silver moons, grasses that travel across the seppa dai of the tsuba, distinct shape, lack of humans in what is usually a contemplative scene.