A sentoku presentation tsuba of rectangular form with rounded corners, its detailing in copper, gilt and silver. Under a tasseled curtain, in high relief, a kimono-clad macaque walks a tight rope, a persimmon branch over his shoulder. Below him, also in relief, a well-chased and chiseled macaque leaning against a priest’s staff, eats a persimmon. Gilt-inlaid persimmon branches and symbols are scattered over the surface of this fantastic scene. Reverse side covered with a gnarled tree laden with the fruit and its foliage. Tsuba has a beautifully-incised description and artist signature: ShunJyu Ken/Tsune Tamo on reverse. This multi-metal presentation tsuba is in very good condition with only minor surface wear, commensurate with age and use.
Height, 3.5"; width, 3.25"
Late 19th century, Japan