Collection

Tsuba

unknown

  • Tsuba 2
  • Tsuba 3
Basic information
ID
Рз-2893‌
Author
unknown
Name
Tsuba
Date of creation
late 19th – early 20th c.
Country
Japan
Culture
Edo period
Technique
casting silver and gold incrustation (zōgan)
Material
metal alloy
Dimensions (height x width x depth, cm)
9.1 x 8.5 x 0.7
Information about author
Author
unknown
Object description
A tsuba in the form of a four-leaf clover (mokko gata) is forged from an alloy of dark metals. There is a triangular through hole in the center. The copper inserts are in the upper and lower parts of the hole; on the right there is an oval hole riveted with ferrous metal. Between the rivet and the hole there is a vertical hieroglyphic inscription in three characters. The main part of the tsuba is engraved in high relief: on the right there is an image of a man standing on a stone with a raised sword and flames behind his back; on the left in the lower part, there is a relief image of waves. Traces of forging are visible on the rest of the surface. The details of the man's clothes and the stone contain gilt. Silver dots are encrusted in the waves. On the reverse side there is a vertical hieroglyphic cursive sign. The rim of the tsuba is smooth and gilted.