Title: Antique Tsuba Set
This item is a set of 6 antique Tsubas. The purchaser will also receive the beautiful lacquer box. Please check the photos.
T-395: Irregular-shaped Tsuba made from iron. It seems the shape is a combination of two leaves; its motif might be the Ichou (銀杏, Ginko) leaves.
T-396: Square-shaped Tsuba made from iron. The edges are irregularly raised; we guess that the maker kneaded and molded it by his hand.
T-397: Irregular-shaped Tsuba made from brass. This Tsuba has a symmetry design which seems like a chrysanthemum flower.
T-398: Oval-shaped Tsuba made from brass. The small flower pattern decorates the entire of this Tsuba; a chisel might make it.
T-399: Oval-shaped Tsuba made from iron. Several dots are arranged irregularly, and these were probably made of copper and brass.
T-400: Square-shaped Tsuba made from iron. This Tsuba is decorated with a geometric pattern; it looks like a string knitted vertically and horizontally.
These Tsubas are stored in the lacquer box. It is colored with beautiful black color and decorated with the Raden (螺鈿) technique. The Raden is a kind of decorative technique often used for traditional craftworks. It uses the pearl part of seashells and put it into the engraved surface of lacquer or wood. Thanks to its iridescent luster, it gives a luxurious look to works.
You would find the trefoil pattern on the top of this box. This symbol is the same mark of the Tokugawa family’s crest. Tokugawa family was a shogunate family during the Edo period (1603-1868 A.D.). This family crest is called the Aoi-Mon (葵紋) and is composed of a plant: Futaba-Aoi (フタバアオイ, Asarum caulescens). This design initially comes from the mark of the Kamo shrine in Kyoto prefecture. After unifying Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) forbade other families using the Aoi crest to give authority to this motif. Only a few families were allowed to use the Aoi crest, with the exception of the Tokugawa family. So, this plant motif is a classic pattern related to the famous Samurai of the Warring States period.
Since each of them has different designs, you could collect a variety of Tsuba at once. We hope that this affordable item will be a part of your great collection.
*As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.
|T-395||5.8cm × 4.8cm × 0.3cm||2.2cm × 0.5cm||52g|
|T-396||6.5cm × 6.3cm × 0.4cm||2.4cm × 0.7cm||96g|
|T-397||5.5cm × 5.4cm × 0.2cm||2.7cm × 0.9cm||37g|
|T-398||5.8cm × 5.3cm × 0.3cm||3.1cm × 0.7cm||61g|
|T-399||5.5cm × 4.7cm × 0.3cm||2.9cm × 0.7cm||60g|
|T-400||6.4cm ×5.8cm × 0.3cm||2.5cm ×0.7cm||80g|
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. Tsuba’s front design 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 worked as a weapon and 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 on 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 of the same age might be worth as much as the Japanese swords. They are inconspicuous parts of the Japanese sword. Nevertheless, if you are knowledgeable or particular about it, you will become a connoisseur of the Samurai.
Six Tsubas could be stored on one shelf. This item will come with empty cases. Please note that cushions and pedestals are not included with these empty cases. You will receive six Tsubas, six cushions, and the lacquer box. This box is also antique, so that please make for its condition by checking pictures.
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, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.
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【How to make sure the condition】
Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision.
It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of Tsuba and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.
【How to appreciate Tsuba】
Although Tsuba is a small component of Japanese sword mountings, we would say it is one of the most conspicuous parts. Also, unlike the blade itself, Tsuba has a low risk of handling. Furthermore, it does not require a large space for storage. Thus, Tsuba is relatively easy to collect. Here we would like to propose a few ways to enrich your Tsuba experience after purchasing your favorite Tsuba.
Inspect and feel the artistry of Tsuba. You will be amazed by the maker’s work quality to make it look a great work.
-Find the right place to display
Tsuba would look great when displayed in the best way. Find the best place in your house, your office, or anywhere you like, so that Tsuba would be appreciated as much as you like.
※These photos are the example of Tsuba stand and how to place the Tsuba.
-Learn the details
Tsuba reflects quite a lot of detailed features of its maker. Sometimes you can find the maker’s signature on Tsuba. Tsuba makers tried adding elaborate artistry to Tsuba. Many techniques were invented to achieve this goal, such as openworks, engravings, and gold/silver inlays. There were many schools that trained Tsuba creators, and each of them has different characteristics. You would enjoy knowing these differences and find your beloved style.
-Arrange in modern style
We want to propose to you the way that you could enjoy the Tsuba as jewelry. By stringing a cord into the center hole of the Tsuba, it could be worn as a necklace. This modern way would show you a new charm of Tsuba. Here are the examples of neckless.
【Give the Tsuba as a special gift】
Are you looking for a special gift for a person who is interested in Japanese culture? We recommend you to give an antique Tsuba as a present for your significant other. Tsuba is an integral part of the Samurai sword, which was once a primary weapon for Samurai. Each Tsuba is a unique item and has a different design. We hope it would be a memorable gift. Now it is time for you to share the beauty of a piece of Samurai history with your family members or friends, for instance. Also, gift wrapping is available for Tsuba; it is for free. Here is an example of wrapping. For more information, please feel free to contact us. It is always our pleasure to serve you.
Would you like see some more Tsuba for sale? Please check the link below. We hope you can find your favorite Tsuba.