New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A KYOTO SHOAMI SCHOOL TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1650)
The large, thick iron plate has an openwork design of two bows, three arrows, and a saihai (general's baton). The plate is well forged and hammered and the arrows and other areas have good carved details. The hitsu-ana are now plugged in brass with a star punch surface pattern. The edge shows fine large running iron bones--height and width 10.9cm., thickness at center 4.5mm., at edge 6.0mm.
Double wood storage boxes. Inner box with inscription by Sato Kanzan, dated Showa 49 (1974). Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho certificate issued by the N.B.T.H.K., no. 157, dated Showa 46 (1971).
Noda collection, Kamakura
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This extra large tsuba was no doubt intended to be mounted on a blade of comparable size and length. Such swords were made to be dedicated to a shrine or temple in the name of the family to commemorate an event, such as a victory in battle.
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