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Antique Tsuba Daisho Set
for Samurai Sword
with NBTHK Hozon Certificate (T-220)


Certificate: NBTHK

Made in Japan
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Title: Mito-style, Mamori Jishi Zu Daisyo Set

Signature: NO SIGNED
Age: Edo period
Material: Iron

(Tsuba A)

Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight
9.1cm×8.8cm 0.4cm 3.1cm×0.9cm 230g

(Tsuba B)

Size Thickness Nakagoana Weight
8.0cm×8.0cm 0.4cm 2.6cm×0.8cm 200g

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Title: Mito-style, Mamori Jishi Zu Daisyo Set

 This item is the combination of two Mito-style Tsuba.

 Iron Tsuba set circle shape with Kozuka and Kougai holes

 Running lions that hold the string in their mouths decorates these Tsuba with the Suemon Zougan technique. It is a kind of inlay technique for metalworking. Lions parts were made separately and put on top of Tsuba. It makes a three-dimensional picture on the plane. The strings get tangled up because of lions’ movements, which shows a dynamic and uplifting feeling. You would appreciate that each knot and lions’ manes are exquisitely engraved. An amulet is strung through the rope. A talisman is called Omamori in Japanese. It is an item to wish good-luck, divine protection, and people believe it will protect them from evil spirits or misfortune.

 A gold lion is also engraved on the backside. It runs and plays with the string. A stick or a scroll is seen between strings, and the Kikkou pattern decorates it with gold. As its name suggests, the Kikkou pattern describes the shell of the turtle. It’s a continuous geometric pattern connecting regular hexagons up and down. The turtle lives a long life; therefore, turtle and turtle’s shell pattern represent longevity. It can be thought that the Kikkou pattern has been familiar to people since ancient times. 

 Mito-style Tsuba was established in Mito (Ibaraki Pref. today). Mito family was one of Tokugawa Gosanke (the three houses of the Tokugawa). In this area, many metalworkers were actively involved, especially in the late Edo period (1781-1867). They used different types of Jigane (base metal) and did high-quality works. Sekijoken school and Ichiyanagi schools were very famous among them. 

 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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