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Iron and Multi-Metal Tsuba with Emma-O
Iron and Multi-Metal Tsuba with Emma-O
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An excellent iron tsuba of free form with a striking image of Emma-O, the king of hell, clutching his magisterial robe and wearing his characteristic two-tiered hat, a small demon crouching at his side. On the reverse, a sign attached to gold ropes features a lively tai heavily detailed in gold and shibuichi. The imagery on this tsuba, front and back, is in high relief with gold, shakudo and shibuichi detailing. Iron in very good condition, minor wear to Emma-O's hat, commensurate with age and w... Click for details
A Daisho Set of Menuki as Noble Woman and Attendant
A Daisho Set of Menuki as Noble Woman and Attendant
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A marvelously sculpted bronze daisho set of menuki formed as a Chinese noble matron holding an uchiwa, together with a young attendant with a basket of peaches. The mate to this menuki, modeled as a man with long beard, presents an offering of peaches. Both parts of the set – noble lady and bearded companion – are accented in precious silver and gold. (It is possible that these two characters represent the goddess Seiobo and her attendants with offerings of her legendary peaches of immortality... Click for details
Shakudo Tsuba with Gold Kaga-Inlaid Pine Tree
Shakudo Tsuba with Gold 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
Shibuichi Tsuba with Quail
Shibuichi Tsuba with Quail
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A mokko-shaped shibuichi tsuba with two quail rummaging through forest grasses in gilt, silver shakudo and copper detailing under the glow of a mysterious full moon, the latter executed in silver nunome-zogan. On the reverse side of this fine tsuba, a spray of multi-metal wild flowers and grass complete the imagery. Incised signature of Eijyu-ken Motoharu. This elegant and highly crafted tsuba is in excellent condition. 19th Century, Japan
Iron Tsuba with Crabs
Iron Tsuba with Crabs
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A large, round, powerfully-wrought iron tsuba carved in sukashi style with a surround of lively crabs, some embellished with gilt-detailing. This whimsical tsuba is in very good condition with only minor rubbing to the gilt, commensurate with age and use. Diameter: 3.25” Edo/ Meiji Period, Japan
A Pair of Iron and Silver-Inlaid Abumi
A Pair of Iron and Silver-Inlaid Abumi
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A handsome pair of iron abumi, the exteriors extensively inlaid with silver kiku and peony, the interiors, red lacquered. These 18th century abumi are in overall good condition with minor wear commensurate with age and use. Signature in silver inlay, Mitsuharu. Height: 9.5”, length
Sentoku Tsuba with Macaques and Persimmon
Sentoku Tsuba with Macaques and Persimmon
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A sentoku presentation tsuba of rectangular form with rounded corners, its detailing in copper, gilt and silver. Under a tasseled curtain, in high relief, a kimono-clad macaque walks a tight rope, a persimmon branch over his shoulder. Below him, also in relief, a well-chased and chiseled macaque leaning against a priest’s staff, eats a persimmon. Gilt-inlaid persimmon branches and symbols are scattered over the surface of this fantastic scene. Reverse side covered with a gnarled tree laden with ... Click for details
Namban-Style Tsuba with Dragons and Tama
Namban-Style Tsuba with Dragons and Tama
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A round iron tsuba with beaded rim in the Namban style. Two dragons overlaid in gold nunome zogan rest among reticulated tendrils, a gilt tama between them. The seppa area is finely carved with overlapping waves. ( For a similar piece see: “The Peabody Museum Collection of Japanese Sword Guards” by John D. Hamilton, Salem, MA 1975, page XXVII, #6.) This classic tsuba is in good condition with mild rubbing to the surface, commensurate with age and use. Width: 3” Late 18th Century, Japan
A Shakudo and Multi-Metal Tsuba with Hotei and Karako
A Shakudo and Multi-Metal Tsuba with Hotei and Karako
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A shakudo and multi-metal tsuba of oval form worked in high relief. Overlaid with gold and silver, the image shows Hotei, the Household God of Mirth, playing tug- of-war with a karako, his faithful companion. The god laughs wholeheartedly as he enjoys this friendly challenge. Reverse side carved with gnarled pine tree under heavy clouds. Tsuba in excellent condition. Late 19th Century, Japan
Mokko-Formed Iron Tsuba with Kiku
Mokko-Formed Iron Tsuba with Kiku
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A mokko-shaped iron tsuba carved in low relief with chrysanthemums on leafy stalks and gold nunome along the border. This tsuba is attributed to the Kinai School of sword fittings and is in very good condition with only minor surface wear to the iron, commensurate with age and use. 19th Century, Japan
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