Onin Tsuba with two overlapping lozenges, or interlocked diamond shapes.
Iron and brass. Sukashi and ten-zogan technique. Muromachi period.
Diameter: 81.0 mm; Thickness at seppa-dai: 3.2 mm
The symbol of two overlapping lozenges (or, interlocked diamond shapes), presumably a family crest (kamon) may be deciphered as chigai kuginuki (nail extraction tool => ‘conquered nine castles’ ) or as chigai bishi (overlapping lozenges). Similar symbol can be found at Butterfield & Butterfield. IMPORTANT JAPANESE SWORDS, SWORD FITTINGS AND ARMOR. Auction Monday, November 19th, 1979. Sale # 3063], №94 with the following explanation: ” This was the mon (crest) of the Yonekura family of Kaga Prov., at Kanazawa“.
An interesting insight is provided by Robert E. Haynes at Important Japanese kodogu, gaiso and works of art. San Francisco, April 9-11, 1982. Robert E. Haynes, Ltd., № 36 (see photo): “This would seem to be the Yonekura family mon. They were Seiwa-Genji Daimyō family made noble in 1696 and resided in Kanazawa in Kaga“. This is a classic example of how Katchushi tsuba were converted or used as a model for Ōnin ten-zōgan work.