Hawk and pine tsuba

61 x 52 x 6.3 mm


75 grams


Brass and gold




Circa 1900


A European private collection

Price €250, -

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A charming tsuba for a tanto. Made of a yellowish copper alloy, it that depicts a hawk on a pine tree, preying over smaller birds. Some details like its beak, claws and the birds are highlighted with gold.

The work is signed 正允, "Masayoshi", a maker I have not been able to find in the standard reference books.

This is a classic design from around the Meiji period (1868-1912) that was made by several makers at the time.



Hawk and pine tsuba
Hawk and pine tsuba
Hawk and pine tsuba
Hawk and pine tsuba
Hawk and pine tsuba

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Of pierced iron, elaborately cut with lotus petal border.


Unusual tsuba with foreign figures and Chinese auspicious symbols.


Pierced and chiseled showing an 18th century European vessel.


One of his classic designs, signed by the maker.


Very finely carved with designs reminiscent of export wares.


A masterpiece of the genre. The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron.