Yasuchika elephant tsuba
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Dimensions

68 x 62 x 4.6

Weight

101 grams

Materials

Iron, gold, silver

Origin

Japan

Dating

19th century

Provenance

From a Japanese collection

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Introduction

 

Description

Iron tsuba with raised rim and two small kozuka-hitsu-ana

The facing side depicts an elephant with a sacred jewel on its back. The animal is carved in relief and decorated with gold and silver overlay. On the reverse is a square panel with kanji.

It is signed "Yasuchika".

 

 

Imitation

This tsuba is a 19th-century imitation of an important earlier tsuba that is classified as jūyō bunkazai or "important cultural property". Such items can be owned privately but cannot leave Japan. It is currently owned by the Jinya Ryokan, a former daimyo residence of the Kanagawa fief that is now a guesthouse.

 

Yasuchika elephant tsuba

The original Yasuchika elephant tsuba.
Jūyō bunkazai. Owned by the Jinya Ryokan.
 

 

 

 

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