Title: Kamon Chirashi Karakusa Zu
Rare Mokkou shape lacquer Tsuba made from leather
This Tsuba is lighter than other Tsubas that are made of metal. Two family crests (Kamon) are put on the surface with gold. Also, there is the same type of image on the backside. As a cross-section of Mokkou looks similar to this design, it was named Mokkou shape later.
In Japan, each family has their family crest. It is a culture peculiar to Japanese people for a long time. It has been used to show the lineage, status, or the social standing of a family. In the past, a mighty family started to use the name of the land where they lived as their family name. According to one theory, they adopted a crest to prove their family power. The crests of this Tsuba are the combination of two leaves. It looks similar to “Agari Fuji Mon.” Fuji is a Japanese wisteria, which is often found in family crests.
Both sides are decorated with Karakusa pattern (arabesque pattern). Karakusa means climbing plants in Japanese. Ivy has vitality, and it thrives strongly; therefore, this plant pattern represents prosperity and longevity. Fine lines draw graceful Karakusa pattern.
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 (Fuchi Kashira). 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.
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, original Japanese sword mounting, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.
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