Title: Ishiguro-style, Mandarin Ducks on Japanese Apricot
This Fuchi Kashira was made of copper. Masaaki Ishiguro was a pupil of Masatsune Ishiguro, who opened Ishiguro school. Ishiguro school became a famous metalwork school, and they were typically good at flowers and bird designs. Its creator’s name, Masaaki, is engraved on the side of Fuchi.
Two birds that stay on Japanese apricot trees are designed on this Fuchi Kashira. These birds might be mandarin ducks. Male of mandarin ducks have bright red colors, so people appreciate their catchy appearance. This bird pattern represents happy marriage and has been used for sword mountings and Kimono (traditional Japanese costume) or furniture. The flowering of Japanese apricot blossoms announces the arrival of spring. Japanese apricot blossom pattern represents patience, vitality, or prosperity of future generations.
This Fuchi Kashira has the Mei (銘, engraved inscription). There is NO provenance or certificate that proves its signature’s authenticity.
*As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.
What is Fuchi Kashira?
Fuchi Kashira is a kind of metal fitting of the Japanese sword, which improves the strength of the handle. Fuchi Kashira is a combination of two parts; Fuchi and Kashira. Fuchi was put next to Tsuba (hand-guard), and Kashira was put on the bottle of the grip. Fuchi Kashira had developed not only its practicality but also beauty for the decoration of the Japanese sword.
Why is it that the sword mounting was important for Samurai?
The sword mountings of the Japanese sword have many kinds of decorations such as handguards (Tsuba), sword hilt (Menuki), pommel (Fuchi Kashira). The Japanese sword worked as a weapon and as an object to show who he was. For example, it shows their personalities and beliefs. You could say that it is like decorations for smartphones today. We recommend you zoom in on the pictures of the sword fittings. When you do so, you can see the skill of Japanese metal engraving techniques. They are mainly made of iron and copper with inlays of gold, silver, and bronze. When it comes to handguard (Tsuba), each one has a different outline and weight. These sword fittings that have lived with Japanese swords of the same age might be worth as much as the Japanese swords. They are inconspicuous parts of the Japanese sword. Nevertheless, if you are knowledgeable or particular about it, you will become a connoisseur of the Samurai.
Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.
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【How to make sure the condition】
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