A Nara school sinchu ji kinko tsuba. This theme is Liu Bei from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms story, This features fine kebori of clouds on an ishime ji. The figure and horse are done in taka bori with gold nunome details. The face, arms and hair are all shakudo. The hair is a deeper, wetter shakudo than the rest. This has a translucent smoked patina and is in great condition. The shakudo plugs appear to be original to the work, matching the ishime ji of the web. This comes with a NBTHK Hozon paper attributing the tsuba to the Nara ha. A desirable katana-sized papered Kinko tsuba.