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Antique Tsuba for Samurai Sword (T-117)

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Title: Nara-style, Japanese Apricot and Snow Crystals

Signature:NO SIGNED
Age:EDO period
Material: Brass
A brass Tsuba oval shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. This Tsuba describes a beautiful nature scene at the end of winter. The flowering of Japanese apricot blossoms announces the arrival of spring. It’s engraved by piling(Takabori thechnique), and inlaid with gold, silver and copper(Shakudou). People appriciate its adorable petal shape, scent and characteristic branches. Japanese apricot blossom pattern represents patience, vitality or prosperity of future generations. The first of Nara school was a Nushi(craftsman who makes lacquer works or lacquer ware), that’s why this school has unique style which is very different from Goto-style or Shoami-style. Nara school often used iron and tried to introduce various designs.  

Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight
7.0cm×6.6cm 0.4cm 2.7cm×0.7cm 136g

 

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SKU: T-117 Categories: ,

Title: Nara-style, Japanese Apricot and Snow Crystals

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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