Kozuka with design of woodgrain pattern. Unsigned.
Mid-to-late Edo period Shakudo, Copper, Gold
- L 98.0 x W 14.6 x T 4.0 ／ 29.3g
- 【 Date of production 】
- Mid-to-late Edo period
- The top piece is a kozuka with a flower and bird
design. It is extremely delicate and an exceptional
example of the craft of metalsmithing.
The middle piece shows sea creatures against a background of mokume gane. The mokume gane stands out in the flow of water in this heart-warming, fantasy-like design.
The bottom piece is a kozuka from the late Edo period that is thought to be from the Takahashi School. The two crests done in gold inlay cannot be taken as a specific family crest design, but as ornamental design elements. Overseas corporate brand monograms also have their roots in this type of crest design.
The fan-shaped crest belongs to the Satake Clan for whom Shoami Denbei worked as a craftsman.
- 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