A chiseled tsuba, Edo Period
The type of tsuba’s vary, many were casted in iron and chiseled afterwards. The center recess where the blade enters, is called ”nakago ana” ending at the tang of the blade (nakago) the recess on the left is called the ”kozuka hitsu-ana”. The one on the right is called ”kogai hitsu-ana”. These were made in style of the koshirea where the blade fits in together with the ”kogatana” and the ”kogai”’. The owner of this tsuba had no need for the kogai and had the recess filled with gilded brass.
Materials: Iron, Brass, Gold
A nice Japanese Iron tsuba depicting buffalo’s accompanied by blossom tree’s. The eyes of the buffalo’s and the inner part of the flowers are copper inlay. The piece is signed Senjyuen on the right and on the left: Nishijin jyu, residing in Nishijin (in Kyoto) the back is inscripted with the word Umetada which is an old type of metal decoration dating from the Muromachi period (1336-1573). This might be an hommage to that technique and period. This example dates from the Edo period (1603-1868)
Condition: Excellent, some minor ware due to it’s age. The Kanji characters are quite well visable.
Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.8cm
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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