Q791. Tsuba Signed Umetada


Q791. Iron sukashi tsuba. 6.3 x 7 x .35 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .85 x 2.7 cm. The Umetada School was founded by Umetada Myoju in the 1st half of the 17th century. Later work, if signed, would have dffferent smith’s names or, some, like this, just Umetada. Late Umetada work is said to resemble Shoami; this one feels earlier. Partial basket weave carving on the plate, gold inlay on the chrysanthemums, a shakudo pillow in the ryo-hitsu, and subtle tekkotsu on the rim. Condition is quite nice. This comes with a smaller than usual box with hako-gake of Umetada. Now $350.