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Antique Tsuba for Samurai Sword (T-102)


Title: Heianjo-style, Inome Sukashi

Signature:NO SIGNED
Age:MUROMACHI period
Material: Iron
An Iron Tsuba sloping four leaves of hollyhock shape(Aoi-Gata) with a KODUKA hole. This Tsuba might be used for TACHI(a type of sword which is longer than Uchigatana). There are four openworks(Sukashi) which looks like heart mark, it’s called “Inome” in Japanese, it means boar’s eye. It’s believed that Inome pattern works to prevent bad luck or evil spirits. This design is often used in sacred places such as shrines or temples.

Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight
7.7cm×7.4cm 0.3cm 2.8cm×0.8cm 88g



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SKU: T-102 Categories: ,

Title: Heianjo-style, Inome Sukashi

What is Tsuba?
Tsuba is the hand-guard of the Japanese sword. High-class Samurai wore his katana sword with its beautiful sword mountings such as Tsuba. The front design of Tsuba tends to be more decorative as this part was often seen by other Samurais when he was walking on the streets.

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(Fuchigashira). The Japanese sword not only worked as a weapon but also 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 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 in the same age might be worth as much as the Japanese swords. They are inconspicuous parts of the Japanese sword. Yet, If you are knowledgeable or particular about it, you will become a connoisseur of the samurai.

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