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Kyo Sukashi – Connected Weights

Tsuba: Kyo Sukashi – Design of connected weights

Signature/mei: Unsigned

Material: Iron

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimension(h/w/d): 76.8 x 76.4 x 5.6 mm

NBTHK: Hozon (2023 – Kyo)

Custom made kiri box with cushion

Price: €1500 / $1650 / ¥250000

Kyo-Sukashi tsuba with the external shape of a chrysanthemum. The design itself shows connected weights, which is a common motif, especially in sukashi-tsuba.
The patina and condition of this tsuba are excellent.

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Kyo Sukashi – Karigane

Tsuba: Kyo Sukashi – Karigane

Signature/mei: Unsigned

Material: Iron

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimension(h/w/d): 77.9 x 75.8 x 5.8 mm

NBTHK: Hozon (2020 – Kyo)

Custom made kiri box with cushion

Price: €1500 / $1650 / ¥250000

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Sendai – Ajiro 

Tsuba: Sendai – Ajiro no zu tsuba

Signature/mei: unsigned

Material: shakudo, gold

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimension(h/w/d): 70.7 x 65.9 x 5.0 mm

NBTHK: Hozon (2021 – mumei Sendai)

Custom made kiri box with cushion

Price: €3030 / $3333 / ¥500000

Exceptionally, very well and detailed cut Sendai tsuba in sukidashi-bori technique with ajiro pattern.
The shape of the tsuba is oval (naga maru gata) and it’s made from a very dark and heavy shakudo.
It has two hitsu-ana, the hitsu for the kozuka is sealed with shakudo that was given a beautifully chiseled surface.
The fukurin is plated with gold, this contrast gives the tsuba a very attractive aesthetic.
The fact that the tsuba is unsigned, despite its elaborate and high quality, which certainly required a lot of time and work, suggests that it was made for a samurai of higher rank.
The condition is breathtaking and to keep it in this pristine state the tsuba comes in a custom made box with raised base at the seppadai.

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Akasaka – Bell Cricket

Tsuba: Akasaka “Bell Cricket”

Signature/mei: unsigned

Material: iron

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimension(h/w/d): 69 x 69 x 5.7 mm

NBTHK: Hozon (Akasaka)

Custom made kiri box with cushion and sayagaki

Price: €800 / $880 / ¥130000

Iron sukashi tsuba from the famous Akasaka group with the design of a bell cricket.

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Tusurukame

Tsuba: Tsurukame

Signature/mei: unsigned

Material: iron, gold

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimension(h/w/rim): 68 x 65 x 5.3 mm

Price: €380 / $420 / ¥60000

TSURUKAME (crane and turtle) is the title of a well-known NO theater piece and this is a pictorial representation of it. TSURU (Crane) and KAME (Turtle) are the symbols of happiness and long life.
The crane stands for luck, prosperity and elegance. The long-lived turtle called minogame , recognizable by the long algae on its shell, stands for health and a long life.
On this nearly round (maru gata) ji-sukashi tsuba, the crane and the turtle are worked out of the iron base plate and show details of kebori carving with some accents in gold (iroe).
The tsuba has two hitsu-ana, also with accents of gold.

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Shippo mon

Tsuba: Shippo mon

Signature/mei: unsigned

Material: iron

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimension(h/w/rim): 73.1 x 69.2 x 4.5 mm

Price: €625 / $690 / ¥100000

It’s hard to imagine the painstaking work that went into this tsuba to create the shippo mon.
The mon pattern also makes the two hitsu-ana look very unusual, making the tsuba appear even more interesting.

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Nanban – Galleon

Tsuba: Nanban – Galleon

Signature/mei: unsigned

Material: iron

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimension: 77.5 x 68.5 x 5.1mm

NBTHK: Guarantee for Hozon (Nanban school)

Custom made kiri box with cushion

Price: €1250 / $1390 / ¥200000

Very well cut Nanban tsuba with the motif of a – perhaps Portuguese – galleon.
Please compare this tsuba to the very similar tsuba shown in the book “Nanban tsuba” by Shigeta Yoshimura.

Tsuba comparison:

“Western Ship”

Figure taken from “Nanban Tsuba” by Shigeta Yoshimura

Tsuba comparison 2:

“Western Ship with Sailors”

Figure taken from “Nanban Tsuba” by Shigeta Yoshimura

Tsuba comparison 3:

“Western Ship” with gold coloring kin iroe

Figure taken from “Nanban Tsuba” by Shigeta Yoshimura

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Umetada – Budō-mon no tsuba

Tsuba: Umetada “Budō-mon no tsuba”

Signature/mei: Umetada

Material: shakudō ground, various soft metals

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimension(h/w/rim): 66.8 x 61.1 x 4.1 mm

Custom made box with cushion

NBTHK: Tokubetsu Hozon (2022)

Price: €9375 / $10350 / ¥1500000

About the Umetada School

The Umetada School has existed since the end of the Muromachi period and has worked for the Ashikaga Shogun’s family for several generations. The Umetada masters were very versatile; In addition to swords, they also made habaki, seppa, fuchi kashira and tsuba. The Umetada were also responsible for shortening blades and creating kin-zogan signatures, as well as engraving Horimono.

Menuki, kogai and kozuka are not known from the Umetada, which is mainly because the masters of the Goto school were commissioned with this work.

The design “Budō-mon no zu tsuba” translates to “tsuba with the design of grapevines”, a design, for which some artist of the Umetada school are famous for. A tsuba with a similar design “Budō ni kochō-mon no zu tsuba” (see comparison 1) by Umetada Myōju is even designated as jūyō-bunkazai. Both tsuba have nearly the same size and are made from a polished shakudō plate, in which the grapes are inlaid in a technique called hirā-zōgan.
The shape of the tsuba is tatemaru-gata (oval) with a fukurin (rim) made also from shakudō.
The tsuba has one hitsu-ana and some sukashi elements. Umetada tsuba are known to have sukashi elements, particular also for this design, for example as the ito-sukashi on the tsuba in comparison 4.
The sukashi on the presented tsuba are placed very delicately below the hitsu ana and underline the design very tastefully. A true masterpiece with the signature “Umetada”.
(Please also note this tsuba by Umetada Shigeyoshi.)

Tsuba comparison 1:

“Budō ni kochō-mon no zu tsuba”

Designated as jūyō-bunkazai and signed “Umeta Myōju”

futatsū-mokkōgata, polished shakudō, hira-zōgan, iroe, dote-mimi, one hitsu-ana

Figure taken from “Tosogu Classroom” by Fukushi Shigeo

Tsuba comparison 1:

“Budō ni kochō-mon no zu tsuba”

Figure taken from “Tosogu Classroom” by Fukushi Shigeo

Tsuba comparison 2:

“Budō-mon no zu tsuba”

Signed “Umetada Shichiza”

Early Edo period (1624-1644)

Very simlar to the presented tsuba, but without sukashi and in futatsū-mokkōgata

Figure taken from “Tosogu no Kansho II”

Tsuba comparison 2:

“Budō-mon no zu tsuba”

Figure taken from “Tosogu no Kansho II”

Tsuba comparison 3:

“Budō-mon no zu tsuba”

Signed “Umeta Myōju”

futatsū-mokkōgata, polished suakahira-zōganiroedote-mimi, one hitsu-ana

Simlar to the jūyō-bunkazai tsuba shown above but in suaka instead of shakudō

Figure taken from “Tosogu Classroom” by Fukushi Shigeo

Tsuba comparison 3:

“Budō-mon no zu tsuba”

Figure taken from “Tosogu Classroom” by Fukushi Shigeo

Tsuba comparison 4:

“Budō-dana ni budō no zu tsuba”

Signed “Umeta Shichizaemon Tachibana Shigeyoshi saku”

tatemaru-gata, polished shakudō, ito-sukashi, hira-zōgan, iroe, shakudō-fukurin, two hitsu-ana

Figure taken from “Tosogu Classroom” by Fukushi Shigeo

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Chrysanthemum – Saotome

Tsuba: Saotome Chrysanthemum

Signature/mei: unsigned

Material: iron

Era/jidai: Momoyama

Dimension: (h)92.7mm/(w)93.1mm/(rim)6.1mm

NBTHK: Hozon (2022 – Mumei Saotome)

Kiri box

Price: €1600 / $1750 / ¥250000

Large Saotome tsuba with no hitsu ana. Due to the size above 9cm and with the typical Saotome Chrysanthemum design with no hitsu ana, it could have been made during the Momoyama period.

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Umetada Shigeyoshi – Tsudagawa River

Tsuba: Umetada Shigeyoshi – “Tsudagawa River”

Signature/mei: Josyu Nishijin Ju Umetada Tachibana Shigeyoshi

Material: iron, gold

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimension: (h)83.9mm/(w)77.8mm/(rim)4.0mm

Custom made box with cushion

NBTHK: Hozon (2022)

Price: €1250 / $1390 / ¥200000

Located near Nara, the Tsudagawa River has long been known for its colorful fall foliage. On the slightly oval (naga maru gata) shaped tsuba, we can see the river waves and some leaves flowing on it, carved from the iron plate using a technique called sukidashi-bori. Parts of the leaves and some gout drops are carefully colored in gold.
Nara is not far from Kyoto where the Umetada school was located, which makes this tsuba so interesting as it is signed by Umetada Tachibana Shigeyoshi. He chose a subject close to his own workshop.

Depending on the literature (Haynes, Fukushi Shigeo), there were three or four Umetada artists who signed “Shigeyoshi”. Therefore, it is difficult to determine exactly who made this tsuba. Some similar works can be found at The Met or in the Boston Museum!

The Umetada School

The Umetada School has existed since the end of the Muromachi period and has worked for the Ashikaga Shogun’s family for several generations. The Umetada masters were very versatile; In addition to swords, they also made habaki, seppa, fuchi kashira and tsuba. The Umetada were also responsible for shortening blades and creating kin-zogan signatures, as well as engraving Horimono.

Menuki, kogai and kozuka are not known from the Umetada, which is mainly because the masters of the Goto school were commissioned with this work.
(Please also note this masterpiece tsuba by Umetada.)

Josyu Nishijin Ju Umetada Tachibana Shigeyoshi
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Nara- Swallows and Waves

Tsuba: Nara – “Swallows and Waves”

Signature/mei: Nara (kao)

Material: brass, shakudo, gold, copper

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimension: (h)76.2mm/(w)73.8mm/(rim)4.7mm

Custom made box with cushion

NBTHK: Tokubetsu Hozon (2018)

Price: €3150 / $3500 / ¥500000

The Nara school of kinko tosogu artist

Along with the Yokoya and Goto schools, the Nara school is one of the three major kinko schools. They represent some of the most important schools of kinko tosogu. Later schools are often modifications or developments of these main schools.
The school produced many students who were allowed to bear the name “Nara”. (Like this tsuba we see here in front of us.) Today we assume 7 generations of the mainline Nara school, wich in turn also had many students.
The founder of the Nara School is said to have been Nara resident Toshiteru (1579-1629), but unfortunately not all details from this period have been preserved.
Incidentally, the Nara artists were officially employed by the Bakufu under the title of “metal craftsmen” (kazari-shi), in contrast to the Goto artists who were employed as engravers (horimono-shi).
Many famous artists emerged from the Nara School, to name just one: Nara Toshinaga. But big names like “Tuchiya Yasuchika” and “Hamano Shozui” were also students of Nara artists and were influenced by this school.

As is often the case, the patina on this brass tsuba has developed really nicely. The raised edge beautifully frames the scene of two swallows flying over waves. As if we were looking at a picture painted by this Nara school artist. Both swallows are decorated in shakudo with some fine copper and gold accents. Gold was also used for the gout drops created by the waves – reaching up to the ura side. The overall impression is clearly a Nara school tsuba. Luckily the tsuba is also signed with “Nara” and “kao”.

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Kaga – Tomomasa – Crickets and Cage

Tsuba: Kaga – “Autumn insects with cage”

Signature/mei: Tomomasa Miyazuomi (kao)

Material: shakudo, gold

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimension: (h)74.5mm/(w)70.6mm/(d)4.5mm

Custom made box with cushion

NBTHK: Hozon (2021)

Price: €2500 / $2800 / ¥400000

Tsuba from the school – or the region – Kaga, which when they where signed, are difficult to find, as most of tsuba or kodogu from Kaga was left unsigned. This tsuba shows a famous design: “Autumn insects with cage”. During the Edo period, some artists called “Tomomasa” were active in Kaga. Further research is needed to determine which Tomomasa made this tsuba and, more importantly, when.
Here is another example for Kaga which would make a wonderful set.

The shape is a perfect mix of maru gata (round) and nara maru gata (oval) as it is slightly larger in height than in width, which is not noticeable at first glance but gives a more aesthetic taste to the overall impression. Even though it is more of a medium sized tsuba, the seppa dai is raised to the height of the rim, creating a small valley in the middle of the tsuba, making it very interesting to look at.
While the decorative design elements are placed more on the right side, the upper left part remains untouched. This is of course intentional, because if the tsuba would be mounted on a sword, the sword wielder’s thumb would rest here.
I don’t want to say that it was the thumb of a samurai: Since this tsuba was made during the Edo period, it is very likely that this tsuba was carried by a marchant. During the Edo period, merchants became a wealthy class and were allowed to carry a short sword, the wakizashi. Due to the size of this tsuba, it is surprisingly suitable for a wakizashi.
Also the workmanship and the materials used for this tsuba suggest, that it would have been an expensice tsuba. As samurai became poorer and poorer during the Edo period, it seems that is was the tsuba of a merchant or a samurai of higher rank.
Ultimately, the tsuba could have been a gift for simple viewing pleasure. Tomomasa put his signature on the backside, so that the omote is not disturbed when the tsuba is looked at when it’s not mounted.
But there are some traces near the nakago hitsu ana that the tsuba in fact was mounted and used. As there are no tagane, I think the tsuba was mounted only on one sword, maybe even custom made to fit perfectly without further need of modification.

The subject of the tsuba is “Autumn insects with cage”. In Japan it was common to catch cicadas and place them in a special cage, so that the sounds the cidaca create, it’s music, could be enjoyed.
On the omote we see two cicadas, inlayed with gold in a technique called hira zogan – “flat inlay”. The cicada itself is engraved with fine kiriba.
It’s legs and antennas, as well as the cage, are inlayed in very small hairline carving, which is common and typical for kaga tsuba. Also some blades of grass are depicted in the very same technique.

Finally, we come to the ura side where also a bit of grass is visible along with the artist’s signature:

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Myochin Katsumi – Shishi Face

Tsuba: Engraved face of Shishi

Signature/mei: Myochin Katsumi Ki no Munenaga

Material: iron

Era/jidai: very late Edo (1866)

Dimension: (h)81.6mm/(w)81.3mm/(d)2.4mm

Custom made box with cushion

Price: €1700 / $1900

Unique and rare, very finely chased iron Myochin tsuba with the face of a grimly smiling Shishi. On the ura we find a very extensive signature:

Keio ninen hachi gatsu kichijitsu
Myochin Katsumi Ki no Munenaga saku
Sakamoto Naokata Ouju
On a lucky day in the eight month of Keijo two (1866)
Myochin Katsumi Ki no Munenaga saku
Made on behalf of Sakamoto Naotaka

The roots of the Myochin family can be traced back to the Heian period. During this time – and many generations later – the Myochin made armor for samurai and bridles for horses. It is amazing that the Myochin masters continued to be active for many generations until the end of the Edo period, producing iron works such as this unusual tsuba.

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Edo Higo

Tsuba: Edo Higo

Signature/mei: unsigned/mumei

Material: iron, gold, silver

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimension: (h)82.1mm/(w)77.5mm/(d)4.9mm/(rim)3mm

Box with cushion

NBTHK: Hozon (2023) – Edo Higo

Price: €950 / $1050

Edo Higo iron tsuba with diversely artistic designs in gold on the omote and silver on the ura side. The two hitsuana also are typical for a work by Higo artists.

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Tanaka-Toryusai

Tsuba: Tanaka-Toryusai school

Signature/mei: mumei

Material: iron, shakudo, gold

Era/jidai: late Edo

Form: slightly mokko

Dimensions: 7.1 cm x 6,4 cm x 0.45 cm (rim)

Kiri box

NBTHK: Hozon – “Sugi Tree” – Toryusai school

Price: €1690 / $1870 / ¥250000

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This tsuba is a fine example of the famous Tanaka-Toryusai school.

Sometimes the design on tsuba can be sort of an abstract type. Then there are tsuba which depicts a design in the fullest of possibilities. And then there are tsuba, where you have to use your imagination to see the “whole picture” as parts of the design are missing or – more precisely – left out due to the limited space on these little works of art.

Here we have such a piece.

At first glance we see a tree placed to the very right carved in bold kiriba into the fine iron plate. At the base of the tree grow some bushes inlayed in shakudo and coloured with gold. A large branch of the tree, also in kiriba, reaches over the nakago ana far into the left side of the tsuba. The left side of the tsuba is mostly empty just balanced by the one hitsuana.

Just above the hitsu ana – inlayed in shakudo and accented with gold – we see a bird flying in front of the tree’s leaves. The leaves are represented as inlaid dots of gold.

The bird and the undergrowth together with the tree create two depth layers.

Then our gaze falls on the bottom of the tsuba. There is a larger sukashi (and a smaller one). The area around the sukashi is coloured in silver. But parts of the sukashi don’t make to the other side. So the larger suksashi isn’t so big after all and “inside” the sukashi we see something in silver…

The moon! The moon is just rising behind the tree, illuminating the area “around the sukashi” in soft moonlight. That the moon is placed behind the tree is only possible because the tree is on a very steep mountain, which of course we have to imagine. Such steep mountain landscapes are often found in Japan.

The moon adds another depth layer to the tsuba, transforming the steep mountain landscape into a late-evening, early-breaking scenery.

The design is repeated on the omote, here the branch of the tree is inlaid in shakudo and coloured with gold.

Simply beautiful and a clever design. A small masterpiece by the Tanaka-Toryusai school.

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Sakura

Tsuba: Sakura

Signature/mei: Suzuki Kanju

Material: iron

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimension: 7.23 cm x 6.95 cm x 0.49 cm

Custom made Kiri box with cussion

NBTHK: Hozon (2023)

Price: €1570 / $1750 / ¥250000

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Many sakura blossoms are carved from the iron base plate. The blossoms extend over the rim and continue on the ura side of this wonderful tsuba. The iron of the plate is a hard and strongly forged iron. Two hitsu ana, the one for the kogai is closed with shakudo.

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Owari

Tsuba: Owari

Signature/mei: mumei

Material: iron

Era/jidai: Edo

Form: round

Dimensions: 7.5 cm x 0.5 cm

Price: €1570 / $1750 / ¥250000

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Akasaka

Tsuba: Akasaka

Signature/mei: mumei

Material: iron

Era/jidai: Edo

Form: round

Dimensions: 7.7 cm x 0.67 cm

Price: €990 / $1090 / ¥160000

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A perfectly round tsuba from the famous Akasaka school. This tsuba is from a later generation and thus dates from the Edo period. The iron is carefully forged and develops a beautiful patina that is in good condition. The kogai hitsuana has sekigane from shakudo.

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Sakura ji-sukashi

Tsuba: Kagezakuramon – Modern

Signature/mei: unsigned/mumei (Lorenzo Amati)

Material: Iron, ji-sukashi, mokko gata

Era/jidai: Modern ca. 2014

Dimension: 7.7 cm x 7.76 cm x 0.52

Custom kiri box with artist seal,

inner fabrik in blue-green “rokusho” (緑青)

Price: €650 / $720

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Lorenzo Amati, a pupil of Ford Hallam, made this modern interpretation of a mokko shaped jisukashi tsuba with sakura design. Two hitsu ana, copper sekigane in a custom handmade box with very nice fabric..

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Nanban Daisho

Tsuba: Nanban (Daisho)

Signature/mei: mumei

Material: iron, silver, traces of gold

Era/jidai: Edo

Form: slightly mokko

Dimensions dai: 8.2 cm x 7,6 cm x 0.55 cm (rim)

Dimensions sho: 7.6 cm x 7.1 cm x 0.47 cm (rim)

Price: €900 / €999

Nanban tsuba as daisho:

The sho still has some visible traces of gold, while the dai seems to have been covered with a silvery metal or lacquer in the past.

The silver fukurin was added later, but it matches the daisho very well and is carefully crafted. All four hitsu ana are also set in silver.

It’s a nice example of nanban tsuba and also a daisho which makes it more infrequent.

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Tsuneshige – Rakan Handaka with Dragon

Tsuba: Rakan Handaka with Dragon

Signature/mei: Tsuneshige

Material: brass, gold

Era/jidai: Edo

Dimension: (h)71.0mm/(w)65.3mm/(d)5.0mm

Papers: guarantee Hozon

Price: €800 / $888

This tsuba has a slight oval shape (nara mru gata) and is made by Tsuneshige out of brass, a material rarely used for tsuba. On the omote we find the rakan Handaka Sonja (半托迦尊者), or Arhat Panthaka in Sanskrit. He is one of the sixteen disciples of Buddha. In most cases – like on this tsuba – he is shown with his pet dragon which he can keep in a bowl.

On the ura we can see a tree and his signature “Tsuneshige”. Currently the tsuba has no attrinution from the NBTHK. As the I believe the signature is genuine I guarantee at least Hozon.

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Poet Li

Tsuba: Poet Li

Signature/mei: […]

Material: copper with kiriba and katakiriba

Dimension:

Price: €630 / $695

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A wonderful tsuba, with very fine and detailed carvings in kiriba and katakiriba on a copper plate. Gold inlays, one hitsuana.

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Seven sages of the bamboo grove

Tsuba: Seven sages of the bamboo grove

Signature/mei: […]

Material: shibuichi with kiriba and katakiriba

Dimension:

Price: €450 Euro / $495

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Of the seven sages only four are shown on this tsuba in a very fine and detailed katakiriba.

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Autum geese and grass

Tsuba: Autum geese and grass

Signature/mei: unsigend

Material: brass

Era/jidai: late Edo

Dimension:

No papers (guarantee hozon)

Price: €990 / $1100

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Kinai – Awabi and sazae

Tsuba: Awabi and sazae

Signature/mei: Echizen ju Kinai saku

Material: iron/ji-sukashi

Era/jidai: late Edo (18./19. century)

Dimensions: 8.1 cm x 0.44 cm

No papers (guarantee hozon)

Price: €800 / $890

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On this round iron ji sukashi tsuba with two hitsuana we see in radial order a mix of turban snails (sazae), hora and awabi. Everything we can see on the omote side is exactly matched on the ura side. This is a very naturalistic depiction as it is not a simple copy of the omote. The surface has a beautiful patina as it is very soft and dark.
The tsuba bears the signature “Echizen ju Kinai saku” as it was made by the famous Echizen Kinai school of tsuba artists. This wonderful carved tsuba is a very nice example of this school and I’m pretty sure it will get a hozon paper easily.

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Kinai – Chrysanthemum

Tsuba: Chrysanthemum

Signature/mei: Echizen ju Kinai saku

Material: iron/ji-sukashi, gold iore

Era/jidai: late Edo (18./19. century)

Dimensions: 8.1 cm x 0.51 cm

No papers (guarantee hozon)

Price: €900 / $990

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On this round iron ji sukashi tsuba with two hitsuana we see chrysanthemum flowers and leaves. Some leaves are decorated with gold iore. Everything we can see on the omote side is exactly matched on the ura side. This is a very naturalistic depiction as it is not a simple copy of the omote.
The tsuba bears the signature “Echizen ju Kinai saku” as it was made by the famous Echizen Kinai school of tsuba artists. This wonderful carved tsuba is a very nice example of this school and I’m pretty sure it will get a hozon paper easily.

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Kinai – Aoi leaves

Tsuba: Aoi leaves

Signature/mei: Kinai

Material: iron/ji-sukashi

Era/jidai: late Edo (18./19. century)

Dimensions: 8.1 cm x 0.51 cm

No papers (guarantee hozon)

Price: €770 / $850

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On this round iron ji sukashi tsuba we see four opened and two rolled up aoi leaves. The open leaves have some holes as sukashi openings and some leaf veins decorated in kiriba. Two hitsuana. The tsuba is signed “Kinai” and is made by the famous Echizen Kinai school of tsuba artists.

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