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Antique Tsuba for Samurai Sword (T-173)


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Title: Nanban-style, Two Dragons

Signature:NO SIGNED
Age:EDO period
Material: Iron
An Iron Tsuba oval shape with KODUKA and KOUGAI holes. Dragon is a mythical animal and it rises high up into the sky. Therefore, dragon pattern represents glory or development. It’s a beast that is a symbol of auspicious signs. Its body is likened nine animals: antlers are deer, head is camel, eyes are demons, neck is snake, belly is Mizuchi(mythical animal in Japan which looks like snake and have a horn and four legs), scales are fish, claws are falcons, palms are tigers, and ears are cows. It was thought that Dragon would reign at the top of all animals because of its odd-looking appearance. In Japan, Dragon pattern doesn’t have the role neither detailed rules to represent classes. But still it maintains its meaning as the all-purpose auspicious pattern. Nanban Tsuba is basically circle shape or Mokkou shape. Dragons, foreign letters or arabesque designs are often engraved and inlaid with gold or silver on the thin iron.

Size Thichness Nakagoana Weight
6.7cm×6.4cm 0.4cm 2.5cm×0.8cm 78g




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SKU: T-173 Categories: ,

Title: Nanban-style, Two Dragons

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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Shipping Duration
We ship via EMS(Japanese Postal Service). It normally takes at least 5-14 days to receive any packages after you place an order.
It might take longer depending on the season or custom clearance. We will inform your order’s tracking number via email.

*Please keep in mind there is a significant delay expected in delivery with EMS in some countries due to the pandemic in the world. We offer free shipping only when we can ship by EMS. Therefore, if you like us to ship with a different shipping carrier such as UPS, we will charge additional costs. If you want to know the detail of shipping, please feel free to contact us.

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