Very finely detailed iron tsuba with a rich chocolate migaki (smooth-polished) plate depicting on both sides Kusa no Ran (grass orchid) executed in Takabori Iroe (high relief-colored) of silver, gold, and Shakudo. The depiction is stunning and captures the graceful natural beauty of the subject. The plate tapers from the thicker center to the thinner rim in a gently refined manner.
The presentation is elegant yet with a subtle restraint. A two-character signature is found at the left of the nakago-ana and reads as Masanobu (Edo period, Shinshu province) The artists civil name is Matsumoto Kihei working in 1780. This slightly oval plate measures 2 11/16" (6.8 cm) x 2 3/4" (7 cm) with the nakago-ana being 5/16" (8 cm) x 1 1/16" (2.8 cm).
Whether for viewing, study, or mounting, this is a very pleasing kodogu skillfully decorated with precious metals depicting the delicate beauty of nature.