Two closely related soft metal (bronze or brass) tsuba from Edo period (1603-1867). These are from the 19th century. Each is approx. 2 5/8 inches long and 2 3/8 inches wide (6.5 X 6 cm). Both depict an eagle hunting two small birds in tufts of grass on one side. On the other side the eagle is poised over an empty landscape. Both with gilt highlights.
Condition: good condition with minor scratches, uneven oxidation, and wear. The gilding is worn in places, but overall good condition.
The image of the diving eagle was a popular one. A Hiroshige print from “One Hundred famous views of Edo” shows an eagle in the upper part of the print with a landscape below. There are enough differences in the details between these two that though the overall design of each is identical and they appear to be the same age, they might be closely related rather than a pair.