Description Blossoming plum and narcissus wrap around this circular iron tsuba, in an example of a design defined by the form of the tsuba. The pistils are highlighted in gold enamel. This piece seems to be done in the Old Nara (ko-Nara) style which featured natural motifs in iron.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] On right: 奈良; [Transliteration] Nara; [Translation] Nara [school]; [Signature] On left: 龜眼作; [Transliteration] Kigan saku; [Translation] Made by Kigan
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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