B615. Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures: Japanese Sword Guards


B615.  Collection Catalog B2- Japanese Sword Guards, Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures  (Hikokan Seisho: Kurokawa Kobunka Kenkyujo Zohin Zuroku).  1997.  Silk bound with dust jacket, slipcase, and storage box, 10 ½ x 14 ½”, 251 pages in Japanese with an introduction and list of plates in English.  294 important tsuba, both iron and kinko, many shown both sides, are presented in color and black & white photos and text.  The selection is heavily weighted to work of Higo, and at the back there are 5 pages of a Higo design book from the 19th century.

Incredible pieces and a most incredible, very large book.  The storage box has a few dings that don’t affect the sli[pcase or book, both of which are in excellent condition. I have also the Kurokawa Institute book on swords: B712.  7 pounds, 10 ounces.  Now $325.