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A Shakudo and Soft Metal Tsuba with Shiba Onko

A Shakudo and Soft Metal Tsuba with Shiba Onko


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1000588

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A partly pierced oval shakudo and soft metal tsuba with gilt detailing depicting the legend of Shiba Onko.The imagery captures the moment when a karako, drowning in an oversized pot is rescued by his friend - who breaks the pot. (Based on a 11th Century Chinese story.) The extensive carving, chiseling - and the asymetrical positioning of the figures and the almost human pine trees - creates a lively scene, the multitude of gaping figures gesticulating in awe and amazement. This fabulous tsuba is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. Edo Period, Japan