by Nara Shigeyoshi. Base plate metal is a very nice red
copper called suaka. The subject of the hawk and the monkey
is a very famous story. Well cut and especially well laid
out on the rounded plate, the artist shows great sense and skill.
The fine use of shakudo and gold accent the design well, and enhance
the fine line carving as well. All in all, aside from being
well done, this tsuba shows a slight "sense of humor"
when looking at the expression of the monkeys posture. Shigeyoshi
worked in the late Edo period. There is an example done
by him signed "Nara Shigeyoshi" made of brass with the