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Antique Tsuba
for Samurai Sword
with NBTHK Hozon Certificate (T-230)


Made in Japan
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Title: Kikusui Zu

Signature: 武州住 正永 (Bushu Ju Masanaga)
Age: Edo period
Material: Shakudou (赤銅, the mixture of copper and gold)

Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight
5.8cm×4.6cm 0.2cm 2.4cm×0.8cm 62g

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Title: Kikusui Zu

 Oval-shaped Tsuba was made from Shakudou. As Shakudou contains copper and a little amount of gold, it makes glossy purplish-black color. Chrysanthemums are colored with gold, and running waters are engraved at the back of flowers. It is said that running water pattern will wash hardships or misfortune, prevent fire accidents. Also, as running water is clean, people have a positive impression of this design.

 Chrysanthemum once was used as a medicine for getting long life in China, and it was brought to Japan with this thought in the Nara period (648-781). This flower symbolizes the fall, and people appreciate it very much since ancient times. As its petals form radially, chrysanthemum has been likened to the sun. That is why the chrysanthemum pattern is treated as the symbol of perpetual youth and longevity or good health. This flower pattern is well-known as a noble design.

 This Tsuba was made by Masanaga (正永), who was belonged to the Ito school. The first of Ito school was Masanaga (正長). He worked as a Tsuba maker for Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) or the Edo government. This Tsuba’s creator, Masanaga (正永). He did well in the late Edo period (1781-1867). Ito school prospered from the middle of the Edo period to the late Edo period. Although there were several Tsuba makers in this school, Masanaga (正永)’s works were highly appreciated. Ito-style Tsuba is very popular today.

 This Tsuba is recognized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, which is known as NBTHK.

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.

About us
 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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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.

How to make sure the condition
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