Object Title

Tsuba

Tsuba

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

XXVIS.387

Provenance

Presented by a private donor, 10 July 2002. Formerly part of the collection of her husband.

Physical Description

Of circular outline with a rim having a slightly rounded outer edge. Connecting the rim to the seppa dai is a gnarled branch with buds and three deeply carved plum blossoms, one facing forwards, one facing the rear and the third in profile. The hitsu ana are formed by the spaces in the design.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The diameter is 75mm, the thickness being 4.5mm. Weight: The weight of the tsuba is 0.098kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

The tsuba is signed on the rear: Ten (heaven).

Associations

Places Japan

Notes

Mr Ian Philips of Crewe has an identical tsuba, but signed with a full signature. Although worked up afterwards, the research done by Dr. Lissenden of Jersey for his Phd on Nambam Tsuba at Durham shows that many tsuba were cast in essentally finished form, being decaburised afterwards so that they became malleable.