Mumei (unsigned): Ko-Kinkō
Size: 7,50 cm x 6,98 cm
Thickness at rim: 0,65 cm
Period: Late Muromachi
N.B.T.H.K. Hozon Tōsōgu Certification
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Tsuba showing autumn grass. On the shakudō nanako plate, the autumn plants are engraved with gold color. Elongated round shape, copper and gold alloy with roe style surface finish, bas-relief, gold accentuations, angular rim, two openings for scabbard accessories, one plugged with tomogane.
The prefix “Ko” denotes tsuba made before the Edo period, from late Nanbokuchō/early Muromachi period. Ko-Kinkō (古金工) means old/early metalworks/worker, it usually indicates relatively ornate, early non-Gotō, non-Mino shakudō, gold and yamagane fittings. These are considered the works of specialist kodōgu makers, although their names are not more recorded.