Akasaka Dragon Tsuba
Japan, Edo (Tokyo), Edo period – 18th century
Artist: Mumei (Unsigned)
Materials: Iron, Brass
The Akasaka school was named after a central district within Tokyo, former Edo. The style of tsuba was based on Owari and the Kyo-Sukashi styles, but in a rather more modern elegant form. These Akasaka tsuba can be dated from the early to late Edo period (1603-1868). A typical feature for the Akasaka sword guards are the rather plain and stylistic details lacking the richly decorated additions compared to other schools and periods. A few ornamental designs often shown on Akasaka tsuba are; symmetrical designs, wild geese, sparrow, bamboo leafs, bridges and dragons.
An elegant piece, in typical Akasaka style plain iron depicting wild geese, a dragon and a bridge. The geese are depicted between the top and bottom of the seppa-dai and the rim. The dragon and bridge are both very stylistically depicted one on each side. The ‘nakago-ana‘ was modeled by hand and has two copper inlays to make a perfect fit to the blade.
Condition: Very good, minor ware. Mumei, no paperwork.
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