Categories: Swords and Fittings (66)
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Japanese Bamoob Ikebana Basket with Rootwood Handle
Japanese Shibuichi Tsuba with Kiri Mons
Japanese Shibuichi Tsuba with Kiri Mons
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A shibuichi, eight-lobed tsuba with beautifully executed gilt kiri mons strategically placed, front and back. (The kiri mon, or paulownia crest, one of the most honored Japanese crests, also relates to the legend of the mythical phoenix that perches only on the branches of the paulownia tree.) This tsuba is in very good condition, with 2 kogai bitsu (opening for the kogai and kozuka). Length: 3" Late Edo Period, Japan
Soten School Tsuba
Soten School Tsuba
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A striking iron Soten School sukashi tsuba. On its openwork ground, samurai in full battle regalia with swords in hand spar near a river over rockwork, a flowing waterfall in the background. Gilt nunome zogan detailing throughout with high relief sculpting. Incised signature of Goshu Kikone Ju on front. This tsuba is in good condition with some minor rubbing to the gilt, commensurate with age and use. Length: 3”, width: 2.75” 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Shakudo Tsuba with Gol Kaga-Inlaid Pine Tree
Japanese Shakudo Tsuba with Gol Kaga-Inlaid Pine Tree
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An oval-shaped tsuba with a gold kaga-inlaid design of a gnarly pine tree arranged asymmetrically on its shakudo ground. In homage to the beauties of nature, the boughs continue onto the reverse, its fine stippling and incised work denoting the tree’s texture and sprawling lichen. Unsigned, this multi-metal tsuba is in very good condition with only minor surface wear due to age and use. 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Koto Period Tanto in Full Kosirae
Japanese Koto Period Tanto in Full Kosirae
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This is a Koto Period tanto in full koshirae with soft metal fittings and glossy black-lacquered saya, its handle wrapped in slate- blue silk cords. The small, mokko-shaped shakudo tsuba is overlaid with gilt spays of grass and plum blossoms. In similar fashion, the fuchi kashira are also overlaid with gold to create images of huts by a meandering stream and grove of kiku; iron menuki sculpted as foliage with gilt details. The blade is in very good condition with silver habaki engraved with Gree... Click for details
Japanese Shakudo Tsuba with Stalks of Bamboo
Japanese Shakudo Tsuba with Stalks of Bamboo
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An oval shakudo tsuba modeled with verticals stalks of bamboo. Each stalk, situated one against the other, forms the tsuba ground with five clusters of bamboo leaves, gilt and textured, strategically placed on its surface. Signature of Busho Masatoshi incised on front. This fine tsuba is in very good condition. Height: 3”, width: 2.75” Edo Period, Japan
Japanese Sentoku Tsuba with Kanzan and Jittoku
Japanese Sentoku Tsuba with Kanzan and Jittoku
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A fine sentoku tsuba of modified oval form with a nocturnal image of legendary characters Kanzan and Jittoku. Executed in the katakiribori technique with modeled gold and silver details, the two recluses stand atop an outcrop pointing and laughing at the reflection of the moon upon a sinuous waters. Instead of looking at reality, the two friends prefer to live in their own fantasy world, speaking in tongues understandable only to themselves. The reverse side continues the scene with a gnarled pi... Click for details
Japanese Sukashi Tsuba Formed as a Crane
Japanese Sukashi Tsuba Formed as a Crane
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An elegant iron sukashi tsuba formed as a majestic Manchurian crane with open wings. The dark iron metal is accented with gilt nunome zogan detailing. The crane in East Asian culture is associated with longevity and also with Fukurokuju, one of the Seven Lucky Gods. This exquisite tsuba is in very good condition with only minor wear to the gilt, commensurate with age and use. Diameter: 3.25” Edo Period, Japan
Japanese Multi-Metal Fuchi-Kashira with Daikoku, Hotei and Shoki
Japanese Multi-Metal Fuchi-Kashira with Daikoku, Hotei and Shoki
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This is a pair of exquisitely crafted fuchi kashira worked in partly hammered copper, gilt and shakudo. On its small surfaces, the set shows members of The Seven Gods of Fortune finely executed in low relief. On the fuchi, Daikoku, with his characteristic mirthful expression holds a mallet executed in finely incised details and low relief. On the kashira, Hotei rests upon his treasure sack while Shoki, the demon queller, appears under pine tree, all deeply carved. This set of fuchi kashira is in... Click for details
Japanese Wakizashi in Wood Saya Carved as a Dragon
Japanese Wakizashi in Wood Saya Carved as a 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
Japanese Semi-Sukashi Tsuba with Eggplant
Japanese Semi-Sukashi Tsuba with Eggplant
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A whimsical iron tsuba sculpted as a trio of eggplants in semi-sukashi style. The rounded smooth surface of the vegetables differs from the leafy long stems. This tsuba is a late 17th/early 18th century piece with very good condition with only slight surface wear expected considering its age and usage Edo Period, Japan
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