The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron, known for their 1000 monkey designs.
Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.
Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.