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Edo Period Tsuba --- Input Welcomed

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#1 Tsurugi


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Posted 07 February 2019 - 04:08 PM

Greetings everyone,


First time poster here.


I've acquired an Edo Period –apparently 17th century – Iron tsuba.

Its dimensions are 7.76 / 7.45 cm


From what I have gathered by personal research:


-the motif of the tsuba are two sea cucumbers, which is a simple motif that has been favored by Miyamoto Musashi (1584 – 1645).


-it can be seen that sword blades have actually been changed/mounted more than one time on the tsuba. It likely went through more than one owner. Whether or not the tsuba served in battle is difficult to prove, but since the tsuba was apparently made during the 17th century, it is possible that is has seen the last few years of feudal war before peace. Tsuba made during the Edo period tend to be rather refined pieces of art, while this tsuba is rather practical and down to earth; which tends towards the initial owner being a warrior.


Now, -as I am really new to this - any additional input would be very welcomed : )





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#2 christianmalterre


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Posted 07 February 2019 - 08:01 PM

Hello Tsurugi,


do have a heartly welcome here....


unfortunately your´s pictures are not crisp enough....

also, you should try to show both sides...


best way is to take it outside and shoot pictures under direct sunlight.....not using a flash.




your´s Tsuba looks good to me and i am pretty shure it is not a modern replica....





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Posted 08 February 2019 - 12:46 AM

Welcome Tsurugi,
The Musashi style is one I have always been fond of. I am still looking for the one that calls me to add to my collection.
Congratulations on finding yours!
The pictures are a little unclear but it seems there may have been some inlay at some stage
Stephen K

#4 Greg F

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 03:46 AM

Welcome tsurugi, this musashi like tsuba is a sea cucumber style. A style I also like.


#5 Tsurugi


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Posted 08 February 2019 - 09:38 AM

Thank you guys for your warm welcome and feedbacks!


Christianさん, I will follow your advice and take some news pictures under direct sunlight :-o



#6 Tsurugi


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 03:05 PM

Hello everyone,


Finally the sun has decided to show up, and I could take some pics with good natural lighting.


Also, I learned that the tsuba comes from the Shoami school (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoami).


Any additional comments would be welcomed :)



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