Tsuba : Mumei (Unsigned) attributed as Yoshiro Kikyou
Tsuba : (NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Mei (signature) : Mumei (Unsigned) attributed as Yoshiro.
Length : 8.05 cm x 7.56 cm (3.16 inches x 2.97 inches)
Thickness of rim: 0.37 cm (0.14 inches)
Jidai(era) : Azuchi Momoyama period.
Special feature: Kikyou Monchirashi Sukashi Karakusa zu Tsuba.
On the tatemaru shaped Iron plate, Kikyou Monchirashi no zu is engraved with with openwork and Karakusa no zu is engraved with brass inlay.
Jitetsu is rather glossy black color. This design, contrast of Jitetsu and brass inlay are very nice.
Yoshiro brass Tsuba is called Heianjyo school but Yoshiro is much better than Heianjyo school.
Yoshiro's real name is Naomasa and also given the name as Izumi Kami from Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
At that time, this kind of works influenced to other Tsuba maker like Bizen and other places.
NBTHK Hozon Paper.
AOI estimation paper.
In Kiri box.