MARU GATA a circular TSUBA form for KATANA or WAKIZASHI size with punch marks and SEKIGANE made in brass inserted in the NANAKO ANA.
This guard is chiseled on either side of the central opening, at the top and bottom of the pattern, to connect the SEPPA DAI and the rim, in an interlocking undercut scroll design flushing to the surface, that entangles and suspends two entwined RYU or Japanese dragons.
The details of their bodies very expressive, and this is a totally asiatic way of representing this legendary animal.
The surface is polished matt chocolate brown color of very good tone on both sides, pierced in delicate manner and finely carved within the half-pipe rim in YO SUKASHI, positive silhouette. The detailed carving repeats on the reverse with KEBORI light hairline incised surface details, which would indicate his style as well.
The plate is finely sprinkled in gold NUNOME, a low relief inlay with gold leaves burnished onto a cross-hatched iron ground.
The MIMI or rim lavishly embelished in RINZU design a regular chinese keyfret pattern symbolic of BUDDHA heart.
HIZEN in NANBAN style
Early EDO period 17/18th century
This type of TSUBA is commonly known in the West as NANBAN or CANTON TSUBA. The design is based on the cut-iron work found in decorative Chinese pieces dating from the late MING dynasty. It is thought that some TSUBA, perhaps including this example, were made in CANTON and shipped to NAGASAKI.
The province of HIZEN at the north-western corner of KYUSHUU, contains the port of NAGASAKI, the normal landing-place for foreigners entering Japan in EDO period, and it was here that the NANBAN style first arose.
To see the body of a dragon in its entirety was thought to expose oneself to certain death, the punishment for looking upon too much divinity: the eating off the tree of knowledge. This idea is also said to be the reason why formerly the Japanese emperor, who through his forbears was said to be descended from a dragon, was always hidden by a bamboo curtain from those he received in audience.
90 x 88 mm
Basically in decent condition considering the age. Slight traces of corrosion here and there and some little inlay is missing.
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- Tsuba grande giapponese
- Guardia katana sukashi di ferro
- Periodo Edo
- Regione/ Paese d'origine
- Stile Nanban
- Titolo dell'opera
- Ryu design
- In buone condizioni, vedi descrizione
- 90×88×10 mm