Ko-kinko Sukashi

An early ko-kinko tsuba with kikusui and choji motif.

7.08 cm H x 0.49 cm T
the reverse
waves and droplets with chrysanthemum flower
clustered cloves, slightly offset on the two sides

More openwork than is usual for ko-kinko. The detail in the carving holds up even under a microscope, which is seldom the case. Sophisticated work in design and execution. In this case the ana is a safe bet to be original, if slightly altered. I’m left wondering what the rest of the mounting looked like.

1 thought on “Ko-kinko Sukashi”

  1. Hi Jim..

    I love this tsuba.. the work is so elegant and with so much open work just speaks.. as you said it must be something with the rest of what was on that particular sword… so glad that you got this from Fred… SF in five weeks….

    Be good,

    Stuart

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