HARD TO FIND VERY RARE KATANA TSUBA!! Shonai Shoami tsuba made of brass with thick shakudo fukurin(rim cover). Era: Edo period.
Elegantly engraved with a design of aoi(mallow) leaves inlaid in gold, silver and copper in a beautiful takabori technique.
Veins and stems designs are finely carved. From its style, this tsuba might have been influenced by Nara school.
In addition, as an aoi plant represents Tokugawa family, and this plate is of excellent workmanship, it might have been made by b ...click for details
Signed "Myochin Munenaga" on the reverse side. "Munenaga" was a tsuba smith from "Tosa Myochin" school.
Designed ume, uguisu (bush warbler) and mountains on *ishime-ji iron plate.
It is showing a beautiful Japanese mountain village. Ume and plants are inlaid in brass and
thick gold **uttori zogan. You can see from the design that the quality of the tsuba is very high.
Overall condition including the quality of iron is excellent.
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Signed "Choshu Hagi ju Kawaji saku". Botan (peony) ji-sukashi (positive design openwork).
"Kawaji" was a tsuba school in ordinary to "Choshu" clan which had originated "Nagatonokuni" since mid 17th century.
Quality of iron is very high. Overall design is pleasing and elegant.
An elaborate design work is done in that even veins of leaves are finely engraved.
This is one of the finest quality tsuba among "Kawaji" school works.
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Depicted with a design of *rusumoyo of Kato Kiyomasa. He was one of the most famous samurai in Japanese history. He was a daimyo during Azuchi-momoyama and early Edo period, and was awarded lordship of Kumamoto castle in Higo.
It is known that items, an **eboshi shaped kabuto with a kamon(family crest) of janome(snake eyes), and a large ***katakamayari, represent Kiyomasa himself.
A muchi (whip) is designed in brass zogan on the reverse side of the tsuba.
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Inlaid with sansui design (Japanese landscape) in gold. Signed "Jakushi".
"Jakushi" is one of the tsuba schools of "Hizen-no-kuni Nagasaki ju." It is said that "Jakushi" was directed by "Kawamura Jakushi", who was a bushi of "Ryuzoji" family, and at the same time a "Nanga" (Chinese scroll paint) artist, and then he designed it on this plate. He was good at designs of especially Chinese landscape, a dragon, and a bamboo.
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