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Hi chaps, would you consider the design of this tsuba to be hanchiman-za (opening at the top of kabuto?) It's signed kunihiro, any ideas on school and what the design near the rim represents? 6.5 x 6 X 0.5

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Hi Robert. I don't know the answer to your question but I think your tsuba is interesting. The cross hatching on the seppa dai was to hold silver, a bit of which is still there? The terminal ends of the mimi  seem to be ginkgo leaves, maybe a clue?  The way a couple of petals were chopped by the hitsu ana make it seem that they might have been  added later??   

 

Good luck and I hope someone has answers. I'm still trying to figure out what it is.   Regards, Johni

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Thanks for the comments both. There is cross hatching on both sides of the seppa dai (something I haven't noticed before, with remnants of silver which I thought was just patina wear) The hatching even covers the mei. I presume with its original silver surface the mandate would have really stood out.

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