Early Onin ten-zogan tsuba, mid Muromachi.
Iron, brass. Technique: Sukashi, ten-zogan. Motif: Paper lanterns, as a symbol of wealth; possibly – family crest (mon).
Diameter: 74.0 mm, thickness: 2.6 mm.
The Ōnin War (応仁の乱 Ōnin no Ran) was a civil war that lasted 10 years (1467–1477) during the Muromachi period in Japan. Iron core decorated with small brass “nail heads” and wires on a thin iron plate. Two lanterns depicted as openwork (sukashi).