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A Japanese Oval-Shaped Tsuba - 19th Century
An oval-shaped tsuba with a gold kaga-inlaid image of a gnarled pine tree. Covered in lichen and arranged asymmetrically on its shakudo ground, the imagery continues on the reverse, its fine stippling, texturing and incised work brilliantly defining its natural subject. Height 3.25"; width, 3". 19th century.