Set of Tsuba, fuchi-kashira, kurikata and kozuka with design of guri scrolls. Tsuba and fuchi Signed: “Takahashi Okitsugu,”with kao.

Mid-to-late Edo period

  • グリ彫り鐔
  • グリ彫り鐔 上面
  • グリ彫り鐔 正面
  • グリ彫り鐔 側面

  • 【 Dimensions(mm)】
  • Tsuba:H 74.0 x W 70.2 x T 5.0 / 118.4g
  • Fuchi:H 37.0 x W 21.4 x T 14.0 / 23.9g
  • Kashira:H 33.7 x W 18.9 x T 9.6 / 12.6g
  • Kozuka:H 32.9 x W 11.6 x T 17.1 / 11.8g
  • 【 Date of production 】
  • Mid-to-late Edo period
  • A set of very beautiful sword fittings made by Takahashi Okitsugu, which convey the true charm of guribori. By carving a base made of alternate layers of different colored metals, the layering becomes visible in the carved portions and takes the piece to another level of unique artistry.
    Guribori is the great specialty of the Takahashi School. In particular, Okitsugu’s work shows fine carving with plenty of shishioki (substance) and a strong solid look. It can be said that no one has ever surpassed Okitsugu when it comes to guribori.
Sword and Tsuba (Sword Gard) Parts
  • 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
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