samurai tsuba

Kamiyoshi Fukanobu (1786-1851)
Higo KamiyoshiAttributed to Kamiyoshi Fukanobu (1786-1851)Early 19th centuryKage-cho sukashi tsuba Tsuba of almost circular form, pierced with formalized butterflies, in a symmetrical design, the iron of fine quality.The design derives from the Ko-Shoami tsuba mounted on Hosokawa Sansai's favourite kasen-goshirae. To the left and right, it shows large sukashi in the form of a butterfly and the eyeballs reaching towards the seppadai form a unique design of which Sansai was very fond.A similar example by Fukanobu is preserved at the Kumamoto Prefectural Art Museum.The tsuba is...

Red lacquered Saika samurai helmetHaruta school, Momoyama period (1573-1615) The Haruta armourers who moved to Kii province in the early 17th century took the name from the village where they worked, Saika, near Wakayama, possibly on request of the local daimyo, Asano Yukinaga, a great armour amateur. Specialized in the construction of plate helmets, they produced few typologies of kabuto. Among them, the most “classical” is made of six large plates with another large one on top shaped as a chrysanthemum; all the plates are joint with rives decorated with washers (za-...

Ko-Shoami tsuba with four rectangles
Ko-Shoami tsuba with four rectanglesIron, ji-sukashiMarugata, diameter: 8 cm; thickness 4.5 mm Certification: the tsuba comes with a hozon tosogu certificate issued by the NBTHK. The tsuba shows a unique yet simple and strong design. The patina is excellent and still bears the original lacquer finish on one side.The artistic work of Shoami sukashi openwork decoration lays somewhere between Kyo-sukashi and the Owari schools, being bolder than Kyo but more delicate than Owari. Shoami tsuba employ symmetry with abundant movement. The designs, as in this case, are unique. Like Kyo-...

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