Display Case in my Study
A small collection of items from my private collection that I have in a display case in my study. Both tsuba on display are from Higo Province (modern day Kumamoto Prefecture) and dating from the late Edo Period circa the early to mid-19th Century.
Taniseibei Tsuba (谷清兵衛鐔)
The popular design of cherry blossoms gathered by the wind (fukiyosezakure 吹寄櫻) on this tsuba is rendered in fine gold fabric style inlays (kin-nunome zōgan 金布目象厳). The worn appearance of some of the inlays is intentional to impart the sense of impermanence a characteristic of cherry blossoms.
Fukunobu Tsuba (深信鐔)
The design done in positive openwork (ji-sukashi 地透) is that of pine tree (matsu-ju 松樹). The details of the design are nicely finished using hairline carving (kebori 毛彫). The tsuba displays an extremely smooth polished surface with a reddish-black patina characteristic of the Kamiyoshi (神吉) School.