(鍔ギャラリー⑫) Tsuba Gallery #12

Saga Kaneie Tsuba (佐賀金家鐔)

Japanese Title: ??

Material: Iron (tetsu 鉄)

Age: Late Edo Period (江戸時代後期)

Size: 5.4 cm X 6.4 cm, 3 mm at rim.

Signature: Kaneie Yamashiro Kuni Fushimi Jū (金家山城國伏見住)

Shape: Mokkō-gata (木瓜形)

Surface Finish: Tsuchime-ji (槌目地)

Attachment: None

This is a small handguard (tsuba 鐔) made for a dagger (tantō 短刀). It is made of forged iron (tetsu 鉄). The main design is of cranes along a riverbank with tall mountains in the background. It is done in high relief (takabori 高彫) done using a dug away carving style (sukidashibori 鋤出彫) applied to the iron. The design of the riverbank is counited on the reverse side of the tsuba accented with gold and silver inlays. The style of raised rim with worked off edges (sukinokoshi-mimi 鋤残耳) were poplar during the late Edo Period. The surface of the tsuba has a nice hammered texture (tsuchime-ji 槌目地).

Yoshimasa (良昌) was the first generation of the Tetsujin (鉄人) School who move to Saga in Hizen Province from the capital Edo. The school originated in Fushimi, Kyoto the old cultural capital, but had no direct connection to the famous Meijin Shodai Kanie who worked a generation earlier. Later generations of the Tetsujin School working during the late Edo Period and either used no signature or used a gimei (偽銘) false signature of the famous Meijin Shodai Kanie.

Provenance:  Charlie Foos Collection