Heianjo Tsuba. The Muromachi period (室町時代 Muromachi jidai, also known as the Muromachi era, the Ashikaga era, or the Ashikaga period – from approximately 1336 to 1573). Depicts melon vines and flowers.
Iron, hira-zōgan brass inlay. Round (maru gata) form, diameter 79 mm. Kozuka hitsu-ana and kogai hitsu-ana both plugged with soft metal.
“… Although the interiors of the castles were austere, perfection was so important that the sight of an exposed nailhead was unacceptable. This delicate roundel pattern is adapted from kugi-kakushi (nailhead covering) that might have been found in a shogun’s castle or a samurai’s residence” [Designer’s guide to samurai patterns, by Jeanne Allen; Chronicle Books, 1990; p. 114].