Tsuba with fan motif in openwork

Inscription (front): Ukoku Mitsutoki (inlaid personal signature-seal)

Inscription (reverse): Kaei, Year of the Water Ox

By Washida Mitsutoki

1852 (Kaei 5)

Washida Mitsutoki (1801–62) was the third-generation head of the Washida family, part of the Sakai clan of the Shōnai domain. This openwork carving depicting torn fans is considered one of his masterpieces, of which there are few surviving examples.