Mokkogata iron tsuba, with curved edges (uchikaeshi mimi), decorated in iroe takazogan (inlaying of gold and shakudo).
The design depicts a bird of prey flying above trees on one side, and tree branches on the other.
In Japan, birds of prey were populars with aristocrats, and praised for their beauty.
Signature : Mutōsai Yasuyuki
Late Edo Period.
Height: 7,6 cm
Width: 8,3 cm