Flying Cranes Antiques Ltd. - Antique Arts of Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1354155 (stock #Fc-1449)
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A trapezoidal iron tsuba, its imagery based upon the legend, “The Hare and the Moon”. (On the front plate, chiseled in low relief in gilt and copper, the hare greets the hungry old man, Sakyamuni, sack over his shoulder. When the hare prepares to jump into the fire to provide food for him, Sakyamuni prevents the action, instead sending him to the moon to be honored for eternity.) Signature with kao: Ikkeido Jyoi. This rare tsuba is in excellent condition. Edo Period, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1349804 (stock #FC-1389)
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A small aikuchi-mounted tanto, its black-lacquer saya with silver kogai and covered at random with gold-lacquered plum blossoms. Carved in heavy relief, the silver fittings continue the floral imagery on the saya, creating a remarkable tribute to the maker’s love of nature. The blade, with silver habaki, is deeply carved with a yari-head and archaic characters. Length: 9.25” Edo/Meiji Period, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1339504 (stock #2-692pa)
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A most unusual iron tsuba in rounded- square form with textured surface, its edge wrapped in gold-lacquered leather (nerikawa). This early technique, difficult to execute, consists of applying hardened leather with an intricate lacquer design (sprinkled gold) to the edge. In this case, the carved karakusa design is inlaid with gilt above and below the hitsu. The reverse, a mirror-image...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1338525 (stock #05-162p)
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A fabulous pair of bronze and gilt menuki beautifully housed in a silk-padded kiriwood box. The beloved design of karashishi botan is rendered here with extensive texturing and chiseling. The shishi, with curly manes and tails, cavort among gilt peony flowers, their bodies muscular, their eyes gilt-inlaid. This pair of menuki is in very good condition with minute signs of wear, commensurate with age and use. Lengths: 2.25” 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1338521 (stock #04-321p)
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A mokko-shaped iron tsuba partially sukashi in style, with a gilt nunome edge. The popular theme of the “Chinese sages in the bamboo grove” is deeply carved here with gilt nunome zogan and silver and copper inlays. Sages traditionally garbed in Chinese robes with elaborate fans are engaged in leisurely pursuits - reading scrolls and conversing and under a waterfall. The sukashi design on the reverse reveals tall, leafy bamboo, their stalks detailed in gilt...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1338518 (stock #FC-1481)
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A breath-taking shakudo tsuba finely etched with gold accents on a nanako ground. The subject matter depicts the celebrated Uji River and its bridge, the site of legendary clan wars. On this rare tsuba, the battles are long gone, the river serene with boats traversing its waters, castles and huts nestled among the mountainous landscape. This fine tsuba is in excellent condition. Unsigned. Length: 3”, width: 3” 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1336539 (stock #FC-1145p)
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An elegant iron sukashi tsuba of round form with silhouette of water reeds, their tall, willowy stalks bent slightly over delineated waves. Above near the rim, three abstracted birds fly-in-formation. The iron is not rusty and overall condition is very good. Minor wear commensurate with age and use, remnants of gilt throughout. This tsuba is a fine example of Kinai School of sword fittings. Diameter: 3” Edo Period (18th Century), Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1336524 (stock #01-240p)
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A namban iron tsuba, octagonal in form and ingeniously overlaid in the rogin style. Pursuing the sacred tama, stylized dragons are superimposed upon its intricate scrollwork, the seppa dai and hitsu ana foliated with a cross-hatching design. This intriguing tsuba is in good condition with some wear to the iron visible along the edge – expected - because of its age and usage. Length: 3”, width: 2.75” 19th Century, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1334782 (stock #FC-1344)
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A fully mounted wakizashi in a striated, black- lacquered saya with white ito wrapped tsuka, the gold menuki formed as shishi. The saya includes a kozuka knife, the gilt handle carved with leaves and a cicada. The blade is unsigned and dates from the Nanbokucho Period (14th Century), Japan. The blade and fittings are in good condition, commensurate with age and wear.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1334656 (stock #04-322p)
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A Soten school iron and gilt daisho tsuba set, each tsuba of oval form and executed in sukashi technique. The two tsuba portray the legendary Chinese legend of the wise sages in a bamboo grove. The elders are engaged in various pursuits: playing the flute, reading scrolls, conversing and drinking. The figures are chiseled in relief with gilt nunome-zogan details, copper and silver inlays for the faces and hands...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1333685 (stock #FC-1212c)
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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1332893 (stock #FC-1508)
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A whimsical iron tsuba sculpted as a trio of eggplants in semi-sukashi style. The rounded smooth surface of the vegetables differs from the leafy long stems. This tsuba is a late 17th/early 18th century piece with very good condition with only slight surface wear expected considering its age and usage Edo Period, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1920 item #1330953 (stock #FC-1504)
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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
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1329420 (stock #FC-1505)
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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
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1328162 (stock #3-195pa)
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An Owari sukashi- style iron tsuba with a rich, dark, purplish patina to the iron, a simple yet elegant arrangement of feathered fans its main imagery. With delicate but precise incised detailing, each feather is carefully delineated, enhancing the beauty of its fan. (Folding fans often were used by samurai, especially high-ranking samurai, as concealed weapons and also to signal instructions during battle.) Overall very good condition with minor expected indication of age and usage...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1325905 (stock #FC-1498)
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An oval-shaped soft metal tsuba with the great Heian poet Prince Narihara and his courtiers crossing a stream on horseback. The event, so complex upon so small a surface, with flowers, attendants, mountains, waters and rockwork, is accentuated through the liberal use of gold, silver, shakudo and copper. On the reverse side, an attendant bends to drink from the waters...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1324963 (stock #FC-209p)
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A rare soft-metal tsuba set of the Nagatsune school overlaid with gilt, shakudo and silver detailing. Images of the legendary Battle of Uji River are executed on a shibuichi migaki ground utilizing takazogan, takabori and shishiaibori techniques. Samurai in full regalia traverse the river’s rapids on horseback, while samurai on boats battle opposing clan members with swords. The set includes tsuba, kozuka handle, pair of menuki and fuchi kashira housed in a wood tomobako with silk pillow...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1324273 (stock #FC-1480)
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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