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Tsuba depicting a sakaki branch with gohei, or papercut pendants

Glossary (3)

shakudō, shibuichi, tsuba

  • shakudō

    alloy of copper and gold, patinated to a dark blue-black colour

  • shibuichi

    alloy of copper and silver, patinated to a dull grey-green colour

  • tsuba

    Japanese sword guard.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The A.H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba) by Albert James Koop

    The A. H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba)

    Combined aori and faint mokkō; in katakiri engraving is a branch of sakaki (a sacred tree, Cleyera japonica) with gohei (cut-paper pendants) in silver inlay, continued over the right edge to the back; in base an Okame mask in bold incrustation of shibuichi with shakudō details and gold tasselled cords. Signed on the field at the back: konomi ni ōjite ([Japanese text], "by special desire") Kongōsai [Japanese text] Getsuzan [Japanese text], followed by an incense-burner on a stand, marked hō or takara ([Japanese text], "treasure"). (Matsuo Getsuzan, pupil of Hideoki.)

    Ernest Hart Collection. Rather in the "export" style.

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