An iron tsuba
By Kawarabayashi Hidekuni (1825-1891), 19th century
The thin plate of shallow mokko form, with slightly raised rim, pierced within the hammered ground with two wheels floating in swirling water, the reverse inlaid with a nightingale flying past the crescent moon, signed on an inlaid silver tablet Kinryusai Hidekuni.
8.5cm (3 3/8in).
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