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Namako-Gata Heianjo Tsuba


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Heianjo tsuba with namako-gata hitsu ana, most of brass inlay is still in place (in some part is a little loose), nice steel plate patina.

Age unknown, my guess is early Edo.
Formerly W. M. Hawley collection

Dimensions: 74.5 mm x 71.7 mm
Thickness: at seppa dai 5.8 mm
                   at mimi 4.5 mm

 

Price 350€ plus shipping and Paypal fees

 

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Interesting tsuba, Manuel. Do you have any idea why the inlay isn't as smooth & consistent as most Heianjo examples? I have several dozen, & this looks atypical. Hawley often added comments on items in his collections, so could it be much older?

 

Ken

 

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I've seen some other Heianjo with such type of inlay, but none of those had an age attribution so it wasn't helpful.
This was sent to me with a paper from Hawley's granddaughter but no more informations from Hawley himself, so this will be a research piece for the new owner.

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Talking with another collector he suggested me that this could been covered in urushi originally and then polished to reveal the zogan, it could explain those residues between the zogan in some part

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