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Provenance:   Robert E. Haynes;
            Elliott D. Long
"An iron mokko gata shape tsuba with inome motif at the four indentations.
Circa: Muromachi period, Ca. 1400 or earlier. Even though it remains curiously controversial, the age of the earliest ko-tosho rests on evidence of when they were first worn on swords, either tachi or uchigatana. This conversion took place from the late Kamakura to the early Muromachi age. (1277-1392). This tsuba is rather small, as ko-tosho were towards the end of the Kamakura period. The presence of the kodzuka-hitsu, while somewhat perplexing, was a value adding modification and a frugal use of something old at a time when kodzuka were eventually incorporated into the uchigatana koshirae.

Accompanied with a Tokubetsu Hozon certificate from NBTHK." (Haynes)

How to Purchase this Tsuba:
please send Elliott and Robert an E-MAIL
( elliott@shibuiswords.com ).

A Collaboration of Robert E. Haynes and Elliott D. Long

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