Categories: Swords and Fittings (45)
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Iron Sukashi Tsuba with Water Reeds and Chidori
Iron Sukashi Tsuba with Water Reeds and Chidori
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An elegant iron sukashi tsuba of round form with silhouette of water reeds, their tall, willowy stalks bent slightly over delineated waves. Above near the rim, three abstracted birds fly-in-formation. The iron is not rusty and overall condition is very good. Minor wear commensurate with age and use, remnants of gilt throughout. This tsuba is a fine example of Kinai School of sword fittings. Diameter: 3” Edo Period (18th Century), Japan
Soft-Metal Tsuba with Flowers on Nanako Ground
Soft-Metal Tsuba with Flowers on Nanako Ground
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An oval-shaped soft-metal tsuba with fine nanako ground and gilt rim. On both sides, its surface is overlaid with gilt and shakudo sprays of wildflowers and grass. This tsuba is in excellent condition. Attributed to the Mino Goto School. Height: 2.5”, width: 2.25” Mid-Edo Period, Japan
Sentoku Presentation Tsuba with Susana-O
Sentoku Presentation Tsuba with Susana-O
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An impressive and boldly carved sentoku presentation tsuba of rectangular form with canted corners. Its surface is deeply carved and overlaid in bronze, copper, shakudo, gold and shibuichi. The powerful image of Susano-O lunges, vajra in hand, ready to slay the menacing dragon. Reverse side features two men with wide-brim hats taking refuge behind a tall pine tree. The scene is completely carved and incised with gilt details. Incised signature of Furukawa Ganchin on reverse side. This collector... Click for details
Aikuchi-Mounted Tanto in Black Lacquer Saya with Sakura
Aikuchi-Mounted Tanto in Black Lacquer Saya with Sakura
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A small aikuchi-mounted tanto, its black-lacquer saya with silver kogai and covered at random with gold-lacquered plum blossoms. Carved in heavy relief, the silver fittings continue the floral imagery on the saya, creating a remarkable tribute to the maker’s love of nature. The blade, with silver habaki, is deeply carved with a yari-head and archaic characters. Length: 9.25” Edo/Meiji Period, Japan
Wakizashi in Wood Koshirae Carved with Dragon
Wakizashi in Wood Koshirae Carved with Dragon
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A wakazashi with silver mounts, its Shinshinto blade with horimono encased in an elaborate wood saya realistically modeled as a dragon. The exceptional carving accentuates the special rich, dark patina of the wood and the personality of this fanciful creature: his gold and amber eyes, slightly-opened mouth, each individual scale, flame and curling tail. This mythical creature is brought to life and is in very good condition. Length: 23.5” 19th Century, Japan
Iron Itozukashi-style Tsuba
Iron Itozukashi-style Tsuba
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A rare iron tsuba of round form executed with delicacy in the itozukashi style, its thin, thread-like piercing similar to the fluid forms found in clerical calligraphy. The Yin and Yang motif carved in low relief on the front represent symbols of harmony. A gold-inlaid signature cartouche of Seiriuken Yeiju can be found on the front, along with the incised signature and kao. This tsuba is in great condition and was featured in the British Red Cross Society and the Order of the Hospital of St. Jo... Click for details
Iron Tsuba with Daruma
Iron Tsuba with Daruma
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A heavy cast iron tsuba carved with a textured surface to resemble the cavern in which the founder of Zen Buddhism, Daruma, spent nine years of meditation. Here, Daruma is nestled inside a carved out opening, his hunched, robed figure overlaid in copper, shibuichi, shakudo and gilt. Outside the cave, faintly visible, a tree with gilded leaves stands atop a cliff; on reverse, a silver moon shines through tree branches sprinkled with gold. This contemplative representation defines Daruma’s appr... Click for details
Bronze Tsuba with Spiny Lobster
Bronze Tsuba with Spiny Lobster
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A yellow-bronze tsuba with rounded corners carved with highly-detailed spiny lobster amid bamboo leaves and seaweed. The motif of bamboo and seaweed continues on the reverse side. Naturalistic treatment of the spiny lobster and fine incised detailing on the bamboo leaves characterize this piece. This tsuba is in very good condition with only minor surface wear commensurate with age and use. 19th Century, Japan
Sentoku Tsuba as a Farmer with Cockerel
Sentoku Tsuba as a Farmer with Cockerel
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A large sentoku presentation tsuba realistically sculpted as a farmer delighted with the red-combed cockerel clasped in his arms. The piece, enameled with colors and carved and etched, conveys the excitement of the moment; eyes, double-inlaid with silver and shakudo, detailing in copper. Incised signature, Masayoshi, on reverse. This fabulous tsuba is in excellent condition. Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Sardi. Meiji Period, Japan
Round Iron Tsuba with Shells
Round Iron Tsuba with Shells
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A round iron tsuba with a carved ji-sukashi (surface) design of abalone shells (awabi). A gilt-inlaid abstract pattern runs along the edge and outlines the hitsu-ana (openings for the kogai and kozuka.) Since ancient times, Japan harvested abalone shells both for medicinal and aesthetic purposes, their designs frequently used as motifs on kimono, lacquer, prints, etc. This fine tsuba is an Echizen Kinai -School piece. Overall, it is in very good condition with only minor wear to the gilt. Edo... Click for details
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