Mokume Gane Tsuba Unsigned
Mid-to-late Edo period Shakudo, Copper, Gold, Silver
- H 83.5 x W 74.8 x T 5.3 ／ 189.2g
- 【 Date of production 】
- Mid-to-late Edo period
- This tsuba is thought to belong to the school of Shoami Denbei. It is
plated on the mimi (rim) and on the back.
Within the timeline of mokume gane, the technique for the pattern resembles the kozuka by Shoami Denbei (see page 14) with its round mokume pattern. In addition, the kind of slanting pattern seen on this tsuba can only be achieved by twisting a billet (bar) of a suitable size and, of note, this piece involved the joining of three billets.
Both the shape and color combination are gorgeous. In the world of mokume gane where simple patterns are common, this kind of tsuba stands out as an unusual and elegant piece.
- Tsuka：Sword handle
- Fuchi：Metal collar on sword handle
- Kashira：Metal pommel (or butt cap) at tip of handle
- Menuki：Ornamental rivets on the tsuka. They also prevent the hand from slipping.
- Tsuba：Sword guard fitted between the handle and the blade, to protect the hand holding the handle
- Kurikata：Fitting near the sayaguchi (opening of scabbard) for attaching the sageo
- Kojiri：Ornamental fitting at the tip of the saya (scabbard)
- Kôgai：A utensil shaped like a chopstick that fitted into the scabbard and was used to tie back hair
- Kozuka：The handle of a small knife that fitted into the scabbard, or the small sword itself
- Kawaragane：Fittings attached to the part where the kozuka was stored
- Koiguchi：The opening, or mouth, of the scabbard
- Sageo：The cord used to attach the sword to the obi