On the front of this iron tsuba stands an egret in grass, ivy (tsuta) twines through a tree on the right. On the reverse, a dragonfly flies over a fence of tied sticks and ground bamboo plants. Typical of late nineteenth century work from Mito Province north of Tokyo. Autumn scene (rice of gold is ripe; no leaves on trees).
Gift of Sarah Frishmuth
[Catalogue] 1981. Echoes of the Samurai: An Exhibition of Japanese Arms and Armor. : Page/Fig./Plate: 22 no.5
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