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Antique Tsuba for Samurai Sword (T-116)

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Title: Kinai-style, Seashells

Signature:記内(Kinai)
Age:EDO period
Material: Shakudou(mixure of copper and a small quantity of gold)
A Shakudou Tsuba irregular shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. A variety of seashells are engraved by openwork and inlaid with gold and silver. Clam fits only with its pair shell, so clam pattern represents happy marriage.  Kinai Tsuba was established in Echizen(Fukui Pref.), and Kinai school flourished very much. Their creations were called “Kinai Bori” or “Echizen Bori” and highly valued. The first Kinai was especially good at Dragon pattern depiction. Myochin Tsuba and Akao Tsuba were also well-known in Echizen, Kinai family got marrried with these families and three of them propspered togather.  

Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight
6.8cm×6.6cm 0.3cm 2.5cm×0.7cm 80g

 

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SKU: T-116 Categories: ,

Title: Kinai-style, Seashells

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.



Would you like see some more Tsuba for sale? Please check the link below.We hope you can find your favorite Tsuba.
https://www.samuraimuseum.jp/shop/product-category/decorations/tsuba/

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