Kyō-sukashi tsuba

Iris and Water Plantain (kakitsubata ni omodaka)

Mumei, late Muromachi Period, 16th Century

Iron, 7.7 x 7.6 x 0.4 cm

NBTHK Hozon Tōsogu


Specifications: Marugata, tetsu-ji, ji-sukashi, maru-mimi


For an almost identical tsuba see:

Sasano M., Japanese Sword Guards Masteripeces from The Sasano Collection, Vol. I, nr. 66


The floral composition of iris and water plantain appears to be among the oldest of this type. The use of open space and thin, sharp lines contrasts to the heavier leaves of the composition. This tsuba has characteristics reminiscent of a period prior to the establishment of Kyō-sukashi work.

Sagittaria water plantain (omodaka) first appeared as a design for tsuba in the Heian period. From such early beginnings, this decorative plant has shared a long history with the samurai. Also known as “shogun’s grass” (shogunso), it was held in high esteem as a symbol of victory.

The tsuba comes with a Hozon Tōsogu certificate (fitting worth of preservation) issued by Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai.

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Price: 3,000 €

Inventory Nr: 1658

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