Property from the collection of Clarence McKenzie Lewis Jr.
A Kanayama-style iron tsuba
18th century The small, oval sukashi tsuba delicately carved with a torii gate, a crescent moon, shells and pine trees, the emblems of Sumiyoshi Shrine, the surface showing tekkotsu and bearing a rich black-brown patina 2 1/2in (6.4cm) long
For a very similar Kanayama tsuba of the Sumiyoshi Shrine design, see Sasano Masayuki, Early Japanese Sword Guards: Sukashi Tsuba (Tokyo: Japan Publications Inc., 1972), p. 117.
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