A JAPANESE MIXED METAL BOX, 19TH CENTURY.
This diminutive oval box is constructed from the two fittings that normally grace the hilt of a samurai sword, known together as fuchi kashira. The fuchi is the part that fits the hilt next to the hand guard, tsuba, and in this example is iron with soft metal geese and wind-blown grasses. The work is exceptional; the artist has even depicted tiny dewdrops on the bent grass. On the base the sword fitting maker has signed his name and later, when the box was made, the original opening for the tang has been filled. The lid is formed from a soft-metal kashira originally by a different artist, decorated with formal flowers against a hand-punched ground. The box maker has specially made rims and lining for the box.
Approximately 1.7/16 inches (3.7 cm) long.
Please study the photographs.
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