(鍔ギャラリー⑨) Tsuba Gallery #9
Owari Tsuba (尾張鐔)
Japanese Title: 華菱透鐔 (hana bishi sukashi tsuba)
Material: Iron (tetsu 鉄)
Age: First Half of Edo Period (江戸時代前期)
Size: 8.0 cm X 8.0 cm, 4.2 mm at rim
Signature: mumei (無銘)
Shape: Maru gata (丸形)
Surface Finish: Migaki Ji (磨地)
Attachment: Custom Fitted Storage Box with Red Lacquered Outer Box, Sasano-sensei Hakogai
This a handguard (tsuba 鐔) made to be mounted on a long sword (katana 刀). It is made from forged iron (tetsu 鉄) that is very dense and well forged characteristic of Owari Province (Owari-jigane 尾張地金). The positive openwork (ji-suakshi 地透) is a bold stylized design of a water chestnut flower (hana-bishi 華菱). The symmetrical openwork is identical on both sides of the tsuba and is detailed using a type of line carving (kebori 毛彫) towards the center of the tsuba were the petals of the flower meet. The shape of the rim is rounded (maru-mimi 丸耳) and display a few small iron bones (tekkotsu 鉄骨).
Sasano Masayuki sensei attributes this tsuba in his box inscription (hakogaki 箱書き) to be the work of the Owari (尾張) group. On the inside cover of the box he dates the tsuba to have been made sometime during the first half of the Edo Period (Edozenki 江戸前期). The box inscription was written by him in November of the first year of the Heisei Period (平成時代) 1989 CE.
Provenance: Unknown Purchased on Consignment
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