Ship tsuba
Size

83 x 77 x 5mm

Weight

144 grams

Origin

Japan

Materials

Iron

Dating

Circa 1750

Use

Has been mounted

Price €350, -

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Description

I love depictions of ships on tsuba, so here is another one.

A classic Choshu tsuba with designs of two large ships, probably trade junks, on a rough sea with full sails. The reverse shows a tranquil scene with what looks like calm waters and a rising sun. Three crescent moon-shaped elements on the left, I cannot place.

A very similar signed example has been sold by Grey Doffin, his is signed: "Choshu Hagi Ju Nyudo Tomoyuki". Chosu work are usually practical tsuba of hard iron, with crisp carving.

This is a large tsuba, katana-size which means whoever wore it was either probably a samurai or an outlaw.

The work is nice and crisp, and the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.

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A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.

€750,-

A purely Chinese guard and not a very orn

€175,-

A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.

€1200,-

A fine sword guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty. It were fine Chinese dāo hùshǒu like this example that became the prototypes for an entire genre of Japanese tsuba with strong Chinese influence. It's nice to find a 100% Chinese example from time to time, like this one.

€1500,-

Introduction Over the years a number of Ottoman

Price on request

This example has a beaded outer rim and a smooth inside rim, with in-between alternating stylized lotus petals. Such lotus petal borders are also seen on the base of Buddhist statues, where the lotus symbolizes the path towards enlightenment:

€2000,-
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