Iron tsuba with three leaves of fuki 菜蕗 (giant butterbur), made in ji sukashi. The kozuka hitsu is made as if it was eaten by a caterpillar.
Giant butterbur (Petasites Japonicus) is a plant with decorative leaves, native to Japan. In Japan it is cultivated as a vegetable from Heian period. Its spring growth is picked and fried in oil or boiled. Its boiled leaves are used to make sushi. Besides, it is known as medicinal plant. The variation P. Japonicus giganteus grows up to 2 m high with leaf diameter up to 1.5 m.
Inscription: 江府住 正則 (Kofu Ju Masanori). Ito school.
Age - Edo.
Iron, niku bori ji sukashi, nunome zogan with gold.
Nagamaru gata, kaku mimi; 6,6 х 6,2 x 0,5 cm.
fuki zu tetsu ji nagamaru gata niku bori ji sukashi kaku mimi