Categories: Swords and Fittings (56)
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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
Mino Goto Menuki formed as Peonies and Grasses
Mino Goto Menuki formed as Peonies and Grasses
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A pair of finely crafted Mino Goto menuki formed as a bouquet of grasses and peonies on leafy stems rendered in shakudo with gilt details. The menuki are housed in a silk-padded wood storage box with cover. Both menuki are in excellent condition. 19th Century, Japan
An Oval Shakudo Tsuba with Carp
An Oval Shakudo Tsuba with Carp
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An oval shakudo tsuba with gold carp swimming among water reeds in high relief on a fine nanako ground. On reverse side the marine subject continues with three clam shells and reeds. This classic tsuba is in excellent condition. Width: 3” Edo Period, Japan
A Large Matchlock Gun
A Large Matchlock Gun
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A rare, heavy-barrelled matchlock gun deeply damascened in gold and silver and mounted with front and rear sights. Its iron, octagonal barrel rests on a wood stock with Watanabe and Tokugawa mons, the spring and match holder deeply engraved with silver scrollwork. The cannon’s muzzle is richly inlaid with gold and silver floral scrollwork and dragons writhing among curling clouds. This impressive weapon and artwork is in very good condition with only minor surface wear, commensurate with age and... Click for details
Soft Metal Shibuichi Tsuba with Nocturnal Forest Scene
Soft Metal Shibuichi Tsuba with Nocturnal Forest Scene
A boldly carved soft metal tsuba of square form with rounded corners rendered with a misty nocturnal image on a matte shibuichi ground. On its surface an old gnarly pine tree grows by the banks of a stream, its textured woody surface with gilt lichen. In the background, a large gilt full moon is enveloped by clouds. (Pine trees, ubiquitous in Japanese art, denote longevity, often are paired with cranes, also one of the “Three Friends of Winter”.) Incised signature of Ohmori Hidesada on a gilt... Click for details
Iron Semi-Sukashi Tsuba with Chrysanthemums
Iron Semi-Sukashi Tsuba with Chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums
Soft-Metal Tsuba with Tiger
Soft-Metal Tsuba with Tiger
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An oval soft metal tsuba, its smooth surface with an asymmetrical image of a powerful tiger relaxing with his front paws upon the base of a tree. The stealthy feline’s body is inlaid with gilt eyes and shakudo stripes. On the reverse, the tiger’s muscular back is visible through the cut-out design. Unsigned. This tsuba is in excellent condition. 19th Century, Japan
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