M221. Gold Plated Sukashi Tsuba, Umetada, ex Haynes


M221.  Sukashi tsuba of gold plated brass (or possibly some other soft metal alloy).  6.7 x 7.2 x .35 cm.  The nakago hitsu-ana is.8 x 2.7 cm.  This tsuba, as well, comes from Robert Haynes, who had this to say about it.

Umetada.  Oval brass tsuba with gold plated surface.  The whole carved in the form of a plum tree with the branches and blooms in openwork forming the web of the plate.  The surface and detail carving shows the hand of a master carver.  The slightly oval shape hitsu-ana are in the style of the Umetada School, and since the subject of the tsuba is the plum (ume, of Umetada), it is only natural to see the connection to that family school.  This example would seem to date from the late Edo Period when gold could be used more freely.

Some of the gold has been lost to time, principally along the rim; otherwise condition is excellent. $250.

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