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Owari tsuba with slanting rays of light (tokei) motif / Edo period, early 17th century.

Iron tsuba of the round form (maru gata) with a grey patina pierced with the design of slanting rays of light (Jesuit’s IHS symbol) and a pair of ginger symbols [茗荷] (myōga) at top and bottom, in positive silhouette (ji-sukashi). This design is often called “tokei” [時計] or “clock gear”. Rounded rim, large hitsu-ana, copper fittings (sekigane). Unsigned, unpapered.

Owari school.

Early Edo period, early 17th century.

Size: H 71.9 x W 71.1 x Th (centre) 5.5 cm.

For information regarding this type of tsuba see the article ‘Kirishitan Ikenie Tsuba by Fred Geyer at Kokusai Tosogu Kai; The 2nd International Convention & Exhibition, October 18-23, 2006, pp. 84-91.

IHS emblem of the Jesuits

茗荷 Myoga or Japanese ginger

 

SKU: TSU-0422.2022 Categories: ,

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