€ 500


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Late Muromachi age
  • Size: 6,5cm x 6,7cm x 5mm
  • Weight: 55,5gr

Description: Iron tsuba from Owari school, sukashi with geometric pattern. Ō sukashi, yattsu Mokko gata with maru mimi, the design is an abstract chrysanthemum flower "kiku no hana", the metal is compact, well laid out, and forms are sharp and well defined. The Owari school begins together with the Heianjo and works in sukashi are in fact related. Unfortunately no signed tsuba came down to us, only Mumei, and there is therefore impossible to know the forgers family. The lines of Owari sukashi school are thick, have force, and the metal is rustic yet compact. Compared to the works of the Heianjo school the metal has a more red color. Forging is strong and well executed.

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€ 780


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Edo age
  • Size: 6,3cm x 6,7cm x 3mm
  • Weight: 64,7gr

Description: Iron and gold tsuba from Choshu school with sukashi from early Edo age. Maru gata, uchikaeshi mimi, made in ​​sukidashi shiki takabori. The tsuba depicts a perfect insight into the domestic life of seventeenth century Japan through a delicate sukashi. The peculiarity consists in the possibility to observe the scene with a different view on both sides. The omote side shows the inside of the house and highlights everyday objects, the ura side shows a view from outside. A small sukashi between two trees frames a window while a more extensive work highlights other objects, punctuated by agemine gold: vases of flowers, bowls, a ladle for tea and many other objects are represented with great skill. The workmanship is impeccable.

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€ 400


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Edo age
  • Size: 6,9cm x 7,4cm x 5mm
  • Weight: 102,6gr
  • Mei: Jakushi

Description: Iron and gold tsuba with dragon theme signed Jakushi, from early Edo period, second half of the seventeenth century. Mokko gata, kaku mimi, sukidashi katabori and horikomi shiki zogan with iro-e. Tsuba theme dragon and clouds with golden details, with three claws as a symbol of military power. The tsuba bears two holes in the bottom, udenuki ana, representing the sun and the moon and through which was passed a string of skin so you do not miss the sword in battle. The tsuba looks powerful, compact and respects the more traditional style of the school. Jakushi was born in Saga, Hizen, and had his own style. His monk's name was Rankei.

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1250 850 -€400


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Momoyama age
  • Size: 7,6cm x 7,7cm x 3mm
  • Weight: 96,3gr

Description: Iron tsuba of Higo School of the Momoyama period with paulownia theme. Mokko gata, maru mimi, ō sukashi depicting a paulownia leaf. The paulownia is one of the imperial crests and as such is second only to the chrysanthemum, which is often used to symbolize the Japanese throne. This was formalized only at the beginning of the thirteenth century, when Emperor Go Daigo gave the two symbols to Ashikaga Takauji, founder of the dynasty of Ashikaga shoguns, who kept the Japanese control over the army for the next 150 years. While maintaining its heraldic emblem the Ashikaga shogunate began to use Paulownia as a coat of arms. The sukashi here is of incredible finesse and precision, it is easy to deduce from it the skill of the artisan. The features are well delineated and impeccable. The thin lines that make up the design should be carefully examined, such precision reveals the mastery of the forger. One of the representations of Higo school at higher level.

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€ 690


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Edo
  • Size: 6,3cm x 6,7cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 74,3gr

Description: Iron tsuba coated with gold details of the Shoami school, early Edo period, theme ginko and oak leaves. Maru gata, kaku mimi, sukashi and sukidashi shiki katabori. The theme depicted in this tsuba is a set of leaves of ginkgo and oak. Although it is a known issue and has been shown several times over the centuries by tsubashi artists, this tsuba has a unique workmanship, with both representation and style belonging to Shoami school. To identify and analyze all the details requires a careful look, the sukashi is done in a soft and clean way with details ranging from large to minute, with two thin ko sukashi on Ginko leaves. As can be seen in many sukashi from Shoami school the theme is embellished with delicate gold accents. The attention to detail is unique with a compact and well-forged metal.

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€ 550


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Middle Edo age
  • Size: 5,5cm x 6,1cm x 3mm
  • Weight: 59,3gr

Description: Otsuki school tsuba dating back to the mid Edo period (late eighteenth century to early XIX). Tsuba coated with gold inserts, shakudo and silver depicting a natural landscape. Mokko gata, kaku mimi, migakiji (smooth surface) with tsuchime (hammering), horikomi shiki zogan and iro-e. On the omote side there's a river surrounded with loops of gold agemine, in front of which a clump of chrysanthemums in shakudo and gold, hides a cricket; above a half-moon shines of silver. On the ura cricket has left the bush, again with grass in shakudo and gold. With this representation, the artist depicts the change of season when summer gives way to the arrival of autumn. The surface of the tsuba is fully coated and is finished in hammering to give it a rustic look. The details are soft and at the same time determined and the application of shakudo and gold is impeccable. Japanese style tsuba with minimal details but full of meaning and transport.

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€ 1250


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Late Edo
  • Size: 6,1cm x 6,5cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 76,0gr

Description: Soten school tsuba themed with warriors from late Edo period, late eighteenth century, with details and edge in gold. Maru gata, kaku mimi kin zogan in sukidashi shiki katabori and iro-e. The Soten school has this type of representation among its traditional motifs, here expressed at the highest level. They depict four samurai dressed in full battle armour, one intent on handling a horse. The action is set in a bamboo forest, the ura side offers a different perspective of the same scene. All the details, armor, weapons, horses, forest, are made of gold and feature a unique precision and richness. The ura side shows off leaves, decorations and trees, also in gold. The edge of the tsuba is also made of gold and worked with a pattern of parallel diagonal lines. The surface is decorated with migakiji (coated) with excellent workmanship.

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€ 390


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Middle Edo
  • Size: 6,3cm x 6,3cm x 3mm
  • Weight: 64,9gr

Description: Soten school tsuba themed with warrior, pagoda and mountain landscape from middle Edo period. Maru gata, kaku mimi, in sukidashi shiki katabori. On the omote side the main theme depicts a Japanese warrior full mounted in battle armor in front of a pagoda, with a natural landscape on the background. Main details are decorated with gold. The ura side, as for school tradition, provides an overview from an opposite perspective, again dotted with golden details. The metal is well shaped and compact and the details are rendered with clarity.

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€390


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age: Early Edo
  • Size: 7,1cm x 7,6cm x 3mm
  • Weight: 106,7gr

Description: Kaneie tradition tsuba depicting a boat (omote side) and a village (ura side) with details and agemine in gold as tradition of the school. Mokko gata, maru mimi, sukisage no ita in sukidashi shiki takabori. Tsuba of unique representation when compared to standard Kaneie, but realization according to tradition. The omote side shows a boat operated by two men bound for the landing, where a duck seems to be waiting them. In the background a tree hides a small pagoda on the edge of a massive waterfall. The edges of the boat, clothes and some agemine are gold, the details are soft and characterized by the delicacy typical to Kaneie school. The ura side, usually almost empty in the tsuba of this school, shows a village here, a couple of buildings. Forging is compact, uniform and communicates a sense of rustic.

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€780


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Edo
  • Size: 6,8cm x 7,2cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 115,4gr

Description: Kaga School Tsuba of the late Edo period depicting a koi carp. Nagegaku gata, maru mimi, gold leaf. Tsuba with shakudo coated board and design in gold leaf. Omote side depicts a koi carp in the act of going against the current of a river, traditional Japanese iconography. All details are made of gold leaf, one of the most popular techniques in Japan, difficult to achieve and with a unique effect, along with some chisel work that give depth to the design. On the ura side there is a view of the landscape from a different angle but without the presence of the carp, as to symbolize the passage. According to tradition, the Japanese koi carp is a symbol of love and friendship and it is in this sense that has reached notoriety in the rest of the world. The metal is extremely compact and finely worked up to a migakiji finesse. The shakudo edge has the effect of a frame which encloses the framework.

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900 700 -€200


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Middle Edo
  • Size: 7,0cm x 7,2cm x 5mm
  • Weight: 118,1gr
  • Mei: Choshu Hagi no ju nin Masataka tsukuru

Description: Choshu school tsuba signed Masataka dating back to the mid Edo period themed koma inu. Maru gata, kaku mimi, Nunome zogan. The koma inu, lion dog guardian of temples, is one of the most recurrent themes in japanese iconography and consequently in kodogu adorning the Nihonto. The Choshu school in this representation has a unique style, with the subject at the top of the tsuba. The koma inu is immersed in a mountain landscape, valleys and streams (ura side) while on the omote you can follow the river through the landscape. The details are absolutely outlined, strong and accentuated by the processing and the koma inu here is well defined in all its parts. The statues of the lion dogs are outside and inside temples and Shinto shrines and are meant to ward off evil spirits.

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SOLD



  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Middle Edo
  • Size: 5,8cm x 6,5cm x 5mm
  • Weight: 80,4gr

Description: Mino Goto School Tsuba themed flowers and dragons of the middle Edo period, late '700 early '800. Mokko gata, mimi decorated in sukisage no ita, iro-e. The workmanship is typical of Mino school with floral decoration in gold and silver on Mokko gata, but this tsuba sees his peculiarities in the variation given by the four golden dragons Goto style on mimi (rim), two with eyes forward and two with eyes watching back over the shoulder. Since the theme is typical for the school there are different versions, more or less similar and made with ​​more or less care: the realization of this tsuba is certainly of high quality. Equally decorated on both sides, has precise details, cleane and gently achieved despite the great quantity. The four dragons in gold on mimi complete a picture of already high level with a perfect finish. Kozuka ana and kogai ana are both edged in gold.

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600 500 -€100


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Muromachi
  • Size: 6,8cm x 7,0cm x 2mm
  • Weight: 53,5gr

Description: Katchushi tsuba from early Muromachi period, XIV century, with sukashi. Mokko gata, maru mimi in ko sukashi. This is a very old-fashioned Tsuba dating back to the early Muromachi period, clean and simple in construction as you would expect from a tsuba of that age. Essential but complex at the same time with four small Inome sukashi with more than a mere aesthetic effect they modify the shape of the tsuba from maru gata to mokko gata . to the western eye Inome may appear as stylized hearts while the traditional Japanese iconography refers to it as "the eyes of wild boar." An important piece that allows us to observe the ancient style of tsuba forerunner of all subsequent ones. Nihonto and kodogu always had their practical value accompanied by the aesthetic, but in ancient times this concept had not yet reached the levels that would have reached later in time. Despite the age is perfectly preserved and the patina carries with it all the time load.

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€450


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Muromachi
  • Size: 6,3cm x 6,7cm x 2mm
  • Weight: 53,5gr

Description: Tsuba dating back to the Muromachi period, Katchushi style decorated with sukashi. Mokko gata, maru mimi worked in sukashi bori. A really old tsuba dating back to a time when workmanship had not yet reached the pomp of the most recent periods; of exterme importance for its historical value, as all those artifacts that enable us to understand and study history closely. Sukashi is precise, clean and detailed, and features a delicately made​​ flower of sakura. The metal is compact, well shaped, and finished hammering on the surface. Time (about six centuries) has also produced a thin coating. The condition is impeccable.

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€690


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Middle Edo
  • Size: 7,0cm x 7,2cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 82,0gr

Description: Nanban Hizen Tsuba from middle Edo period, second half of the eighteenth century, sukashi with dragons theme. Kikka gata, maru mimi, nanban style sukashi bori. The term Nanban refers to something "alien", which comes from outside, and in the same way it is applied to the world of the Japanese sword. The nanbantetsu is the unconventional metal, other than tamahagane, which have sometimes been used to forge swords. The Nanban style in kodogu originated from foreign influences, learnt during the periods in which Japan was in contact with other peoples. The arabesques depicted on traditional Hizen Nanban style, as for this tsuba, originate from the Portuguese and Dutch influences through which Japanese artists learnt the decorative taste of Europe. The sukashi is complex and detailed and is enriched by the leading figures worked in nunome zogan. Watch carefully: there are a cross between the two dragons above a sphere, both in gold, and two other gold crosses behind the dragons as a clear sign of christian faith. Nanban style is inspired by the western taste and so are the contents and meanings depicted. It is the christian faith of few samurai and artists that brought kurishitan (christian in Japanese) symbols into japanese art; a rarity in a country that during Tokugawa shogunate used to persecute and kill catholic believers.

 






900 700 -€200


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Late Edo
  • Size: 6,9cm x 7,0cm x 4,5mm
  • Weight: 132,6gr

Description: Yokoya School Tsuba with brass patina, depicting a tiger and a stream from late Edo period (nineteenth century). Maru gata, maru mimi, migakiji perfectly polished decorations made in katakiri bori. The tsuba of the Yokoya school are usually clean and absolutely minimal, only the subjects are rendered with particularly great detail. The effect is certainly unusual if compared to other kodogu, effect given by the peculiar representation of the subject and by the style used for forging and coating the metal. Yokoya Soyo, founder of the school, harbor an innovation in the world of kodogu introducing the style of japanese painting. The tiger on the omote side shows all the style and expertise of the school, the details are of astonishing precision, clear and neatly made​​, and the stream on the ura side is extremely minimal and even with a few strokes manages to be very evocative, even here the traits are revealed with extreme precision and clarity. The coating of the metal gives it a bright and uniform color while the metal is also compact and uniform. Tsuba of a high level realization and very effective.

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€550


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Late Edo
  • Size: 6,1cm x 6,6cm x 3mm
  • Weight: 89,2gr
  • Mei: Bushu no ju Masamitsu

Description: Masamitsu signed Ito school tsuba, late Edo period (1770 ca.), Ancient pine trees theme realied in shibuichi. Nagamaru gata, maru mimi, sukidashi bori. The tsuba is densely decorated on both sides with a theme of ancient pine trees made ​​in shibuichi. The shibuichi is the "twin" technique of shakudo. While shakudo is made of an alloy composed of 97% iron and 3% gold, the shibuichi is an alloy composed of 95% iron and 5% of silver, with different given effects according to the taste of the artist. The picture alternates thin branches immersed in pine needles with large showy branches. The workmanship is clear, detailed, and very realistic. The shiny color makes the theme exuberant.

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580 480 -€100


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Edo
  • Size: 6,4cm x 6,9cm x 2,5mm
  • Weight: 90,0gr

Description: Nara school tsuba dating back to the Edo period, iron, depicting the capture of a butterfly in the web by a spider. Mokko gata, maru mimi, horikomi shiki zogan. The Nara school is one of the most important in the history of kodogu, characterized by creativity, originality and versatility. The subject of this tsuba seems to only be revealed by scratching the metal itself, effect given by the artist through a number of stylistic devices that recall precisely the marks left by a scratch. Spider and butterfly are in bold relief, suspended on a net decorated in gold. The same pattern characterized by the same artistic device is also present on the ura side, where a hidden net seems to emerge from the scratched metal. The metal is finely forged and the tsuba is in a state of perfect preservation.

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€270


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Periodo Edo
  • Size: 8,1cm x 8,6cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 175,4gr

Description: Umetada school tsuba from Edo period, iron, framed landscapes on both sides. Aori gata, wa mimi, decorated in iro-e. Big sized tsuba with very original decoration of rural landscapes enclosed in thin frames of variable shape. Inside the frames decorations are made of gold with, on omote side, a mountain view, a maritime view and small typical building below. On the ura side there is a farm close to a barn and the spiers of a temple. The appearance is powerful, compact and solid metal is finished expertly.

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€350


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Middle Edo
  • Size: 8,2cm x 8,7cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 150,0gr

Description: Choshu school iron tsuba themed dragon and clouds dating back to the late eighteenth / early nineteenth century. Mokko gata, kaku mimi, sukidashi shiki katabori. Choshu refers to those kodogu originating in the city of Hagi in the province of Choshu, and it also includes the production of Yamaguchi, Tokuyama and Iwakuni. The city of Hagi is cut off from the rest of Japan since it is surrounded by mountains. For over two centuries this area has produced original tsuba with little change over time. The style had great appeal over the local samurai and over those that eventually could see the kodogu outside the province. The Choshu school has its origin at the beginning of the Edo period and there are two distinct styles, one in sukashi with equal subject on both sides, and the other in solid metal with different details on both sides. This tsuba obviously belongs to the second type, and features three different subjects, all of the mold and style very traditional: the three claws dragon as a symbol of military power, wind and foaming waves of the sea. The dragon has the front part of the body on the omote side while the rear part can be seen between the clouds on the ura side. On both sides the clouds create a frame along the edge as in a picture.

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€1800


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Middle Edo
  • Size: 7,2cm x 7,6cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 138,7gr
  • Mei: Bushu ju Masanaga
  • Certificate: N.B.T.H.K. Hozon Tosogu

Description: Masanaga signed tsuba, Ito school, mid Edo period (1780 ca.), in ko sukashi. Nagamaru gata, maru mimi, ko sukashi details. The highest expression of Ito school, with sukashi made ​​flawlessly and details of extreme precision and vividness; the forging skill is extraordinary, with two lines of sukashi thin as a human hair. The forging of the metal is impeccable, dark in color and very compact. The kogai hole is blind, filled with pure decorated gold, sukidashi takabori. The tsuba, elegant and at the same time expression of Ito masters skill, is the top level kodogu, perfectly preserved in all its parts and accompanied by a certificate of Hozon Tosogu N.B.T.H.K.

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€700


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Edo
  • Size: 6,8cm x 6,9cm x 5mm
  • Weight: 109,4gr
  • Mei: Choshu Hagi ju Kawaji saku

Description: Choshu / Kawaji school tsuba signed Kawaji saku, iron, themed peach blossoms in sukashi. Maru gata, kaku mimi, sukidashi shiki katabori in ō sukashi. Sukashi of the Choshu school is characterized by the complexity of the details together with the elegance of the representation, traditionally with a different view on both sides. The floral theme represents here some peach blossoms and is shown with both beauty and strength, the features are very accurate and the design is bold and appealing. The Kawaji style adds majesty to the tsuba and gives a sense of strength.

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€800


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Middle Muromachi
  • Size: 7,5cm x 7,5cm x 3mm
  • Weight: 80,3gr

Description: Ancient Katchushi style tsuba, iron made, fusuma sukashi theme dating back to the mid Muromachi (1500 ca.) Maru gata, kaku mimi, kyo sukashi fusuma. The Katchushi school is one of the oldest in Japanese history and in many cases can be regarded as a precursor to many schools. Its period of activity is very broad and ranges from middle Kamakura to the end of the Edo period. The tsuba of this school are usually of two types, a simple rather common kebori, or a more elaborated sukashi with generous details. The most important feature of Katchushi lies in the bending of the metal, of a better quality if compared to other schools and recognizable by the closure of the metal near the edge, as in this case. The metal is therefore of exceptional quality as the test of time shows. Although ancient in this case the details are very elaborate, with an exercise in style that shows all the skill of the forger, with fine lines, delicate and precise. A very harmonious and well-balanced tsuba, unique if we consider the five hundred years of age.

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€680


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Middle Edo
  • Size: 7,0cm x 7,2cm x 3mm
  • Weight: 96,9gr
  • Mei: Kofu ju Shigemitsu

Description: Ito school sukashi tsuba with Kira (eggplant) theme, signed Shigemitsu. Maru gata, maru mimi, sukidashi shiki takabori and sukashi. The theme of the three eggplant refers to the legend of the "three dreams." Hatsuyume is a Japanese word that stands for the first dream of the year. Traditionally, this dream is considered a harbinger of predictions about the future. It is considered particularly auspicious dreaming of Mount Fuji or an eagle (or hawk) or three eggplants. This belief is in use since the early Edo period, and there are various theories about the origins of this particular combination. One theory suggests that such luck regards Mount Fuji as the highest in Japan, the eagle in the bird strong and smart and eggplant as the word Kira would make the dreamer achieve big goals (nasu). Another theory suggests the legend was born as Mount Fuji, falconry and eggplant were the favorite of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. The construction is flawless and original, with eggplant depicted from empty sukashi. The metal is dark and very compact, of an excellent quality and dotted with small gold details. Everything is graceful and elegant and denotes a work of great skill.

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€780


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Edo
  • Size: 8,4cm x 8,5cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 132,5gr
  • Certificate: N.B.T.H.K. Hozon Tosogu

Description: Heianjo zogan iron tsuba with brass details, in sukashi of the early Edo period. Rotated mokko gata, kaku mimi, horikomi shiki zogan sukashi. Traditional Heianjo zogan tsuba, peculiar in style, with brass details and sukashi themed flowers and arabesques. The Heianjo zogan school lasted through a very long period of Japanese history, from the middle Muromachi period until the end of the Edo period. Plants, animals, human figures and colorful designs are quite common. The style is natural at first but then evolves into a more realistic one. The metal is usually soft iron and the surface a smooth migakiji. The decorations can be of two types, in relief, as in this case, or flat. Only during the latter times silver and gold were added to the traditional brass. The Heianjo zogan tsuba have been popular for a long time and older productions such as this, show taste and harmony.

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€400


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Edo
  • Size: 6,7cm x 7,0cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 113,2gr
  • Mei: Ujigatsu ju Masatomo

Description: Brass tsuba signed Masatomo from Edo period themed cock and drum. Maru gata, kaku mimi, sukashi and sukidashi shiki takabori. The theme features a drum with Mitsudomoe kamon overlooking a rooster, a stick on the ground is supposed ti be used to play the drum. Note that the artist wanted to show a double vision of subject on both sides of the tsuba. The Mitsudomoe kamon is believed to belong to Hachiman, the Shinto deity of war, and thus became very popular among the samurai, who wore it as a sign of value. Today it is often found on paper lanterns during the traditional Japanese celebrations. The tsuba is made ​​with skill and the details are clear and defined. The peculiarity lies in the metal used for the realization, brass, which gives the tsuba a color peculiar and original.

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€850


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Late Edo
  • Size: 7,4cm x 8,0cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 114,9gr

Description: Tanaka school tsuba of the late Edo period themed tanuki and natural landscape. Mokko gata, uchikaeshi mimi, horikomi shiki zogan and iro-e. Beautiful Tanaka school tsuba depicting a tanuki on the bank of a river. As per tradition of the school the tsuba is made of multiple materials; on a iron base are inserted details in gold, silver and copper. The tanuki stands out above all, on the edge of a river behind two haystacks and a cloud above on the horizon. On the ura side is the view from a slightly different angol. The tree on the omote side seems here grew while the sheaves still stand along the river. The details are amazing, made with careful expertise and skill. The various techniques used to realize the scenario are perfectly put together. The metal is of excellent craftmanship, with the migakiji base left slightly rustic to gives a natural feeling to the whole. The tsuba is in a perfect state of preservation.

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€280


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Edo
  • Size: 8,5cm x 8,5cm x 4mm
  • Weight: 104,5gr

Description: Ko Shoami iron tsuba, ō sukashi, of the early Edo period themed with fans. Yattsu Mokko gata, kaku mimi, ō sukashi with golden details. The tsuba depicts large fans with a symmetrical design and sensu, Japanese term for this type of fans, are arranged at the four sides of the tsuba. The slats of the fans in particular are an excellent example of sukashi, subtle and precise. Fans were one of the most common objects of everyday life in Japan, following strict rules of behavior and design, also used as "notes" for important things to be remembered. The construction is of good quality and the metal is compact and well worked. Traces of gold have faded with time given the almost four centuries of the tsuba.

Pictures are works of art from the artist Paola Marinangeli






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  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Edo Jidai
  • Size & weight: 7,5cm - 100 gr

Description: Kaneiye school tsuba with distinctive gold damascening (inlaying one metal, typically gold and silver, into another) depicting an extremely fine landscape theme on opposite sides of nakago ana (central hole) as of school peculiarity. Workmanship of this tsuba is flawless, precise, clean and solid but smooth in the meantime. On omote side the relief depicts a gold headed cock above a cave with a cross within. The relief of the cave itself gives a feeling of perspective indicating the artisan skill. On the upper part of the tsuba a mourning sun raising from the fog completes the meaning of "awakening" given by the cock on the opposite side. On ura side a house stands at forest limits in a classic japanese landscape either of refined workmenaship with more gold applications. Symbols on this tsuba and their meaning make this a rare piece in japanese history. The cross inside the cave bears a clear message linked to christian faith. Christianity penetreted Japan in 1549 and was banned on febrary 1614 with an edict by the shôgun. The edict represented the shôgun's will of destroying the christian faith. A popular rebellion broke out in Shimabara, close to Nagasaki, between 1637 and 1638, where some christian converted samurai defended local christian peasants to the death. The violent riot broke out because of the repressive politic against christianity, with a large number of adepts near Nagasaki and was a blood bath. The sign of seppa around the nakago ana is a clear evidence that this tsuba has been long mounted on a blade and probably took part in Shimabara rebellion. Oxidation grade, features, school and symbols likely place the tsuba on a kurishitan (christian) samurai hand that lost his life in trying defending the peasants in Shimabara.





730 595


  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Edo Jidai
  • Size & weight: 7,5cm - 125 grams
  • Certified: NBTHK #1477

Description: Tosho school tsuba, maru Gata (round shape), ko sukashi (small carvings) with chrisantemum floreal theme (kiku no hana). This tsuba has been perfectly forged and gives a feeling of compactness hard to find among other tsuba. Few are the signs that artisan's workmanship left on the surface, barely percivable the signs the instruments left on the tsuba and extremely vivid are the features so to underline artisan's skill and mastery. Tosho school tsuba, expecially the ones from Muromachi, are usually believed swordsmiths made because of their simplicity. Today this theory is uncertain since great masterpieces can be found among Tosho tsuba, where the perfection of ko sukashi points to a professional more than a swordsmith forging tsuba during free time. This is one of them and the gracefully carved chrisantemum is evidence of expert artisan's hand. The tsuba is flawlessly preserved with no signs of time and goes with the N.B.T.H.K. certificate number 1477.





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  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age: Edo Jidai
  • Size & weight: 7,5cm x 8,1cm - 155 grams

Description: Edo age Kinko Nara tsuba, nagamaru Gata (oval shape), maru mimi (round rim), plum tree flowers over marine waves themed, worked in gold and silver. Solid tsuba fitted for katana and tachi of katana mounting according to Nara school style. Kinko characterizes kodogu under the influence of goldsmiths whose workmanship is undeniable present on these decorations. On ura side is a plum branch with gold flowers and buds over sea waves, worked and chiselled in silver and gold. Omote side continues the marine theme with a silver fishnet wrapped in gold; both sides surface is finished with hammer technique. The ensamble is pure japanese style with precise and smearless decorations. The influence of Kinko technique over Nara school is rapresentative of a vast production focused on working with noble metals, like gold and silver, as leitmotiv. From Edo age this tsuba has been perfectly preserved over centuries.





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  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Meiji Jidai
  • Size: 6,4cm x 7cm x 0,9cm

Description: Kaku gata (squared) tsuba from Meiji age. Theme for this tsuba is Hannya, a No theater mask of a woman transformed in a demon due to gelousy. Iron forged with big gold insertions . On ura side is the mask of Hannya while on omote an autumnal landscape with a maple branch, easily recognizable from leaves shape, stretching out over a small river is coupled with a flute. Reliefs are finely forged and well marked. Tsuba's rim is nawa mimi (rope shape) and is made of gold. The tsuba is in perfect conditions with no sign of time at all and metal preserves original shining.





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  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Meiji Jidai
  • Size: 6,5cm x 7cm x 0,4cm

Description: Maru gata sukashi tsuba form Meiji age with a battle theme from Mogarashi Soten school. Depicted on the tsuba is a group of warriors in the act of fighting and dressed in full traditional armours over a floreal landscape. Details are gold refined and workmanship is precious and precise up to the smaller details; the whole rim is in gold too. Preservation state is none the less perfect and the tsuba bears no signs of time. Zaimei (signed).





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  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Early Edo age (end of Momoyama)
  • Size: 7,9cm x 8,6cm x 0,4cm

Description: Kaneie school nagamaru gata tsuba from early Edo age (end of Momoyama), iron with gold insertions. Kaneie school at its best: fine workmanship with a great number of marvelous details. On omote side a bufalo with a gold ring rounding its head is tied to huge plough by a gold rope. On the background a river, studded with gold insertions, is coupled with a fir tree also dotted in gold. As of Kaneie style, on ura side high mountain peaks stand still opposite respect nakago ana to a quiet river flowing between rocks and bamboo, dotted with gold insertions so to remind omote side theme. The tsuba has no defects and bears some of the most attractive details ever seen on a Kaneie school kodogu.





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  • Name (kanji): 鍔
  • Name (romaji): Tsuba
  • Age : Edo jidai
  • Size: 7,6cm x 7,1cm x 5,7mm
  • Signature: 藪常氏 - Yabuzaki Jouji

Description: Takabori iroe tsuba from Edo jidai, mulberry and chrisantemum theme. Decorations depict a floreal arrangement of mulberry and chrisantemum worked with takabori iroe technique according to Shonai-Shoami school. Reliefed details are realized with extreme care giving flowers an almoust real consistency at touch. Signed Yabuzaki Jouji this high rank tsuba is exuberant and rich, expression of a late kodogu workmanship pursuing opulence during the age of peace extabilished by Tokugawa shogunate.





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  • Name (kanji): 縁 - 頭
  • Name (romaji): Fuchi - Kashira
  • Age : Edo Jidai
  • Size & weight:
  • Fuchi: 12gr - 3,5cm x 1,8cm - nakagoana 2,7cm
  • Kashira: 9gr - 3cm x 1,5cm

Description: Couple of fuchi and kashira for Wakizashi in copper and gold insertions, chrisantemum flowers theme. The Takazogan workmanship (insertion of a metal within another) gives flowers relief and a feeling of prospection and reality; whole made precious by Iro-e (combination of different metals). Floreal arrangement is given with care and stands out thanks to gold insertions. Chrisantemum has been often used on kodogu and, in general, in nihonto's world where used by the imperial house and many noble families. Recently polished they are now back to original cleanness and shining.





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  • Name (kanji): 縁 - 頭
  • Name (romaji): Fuchi - Kashira
  • Age : Edo Jidai
  • Size: Fuchi 38,4×22,9mm - Kashira 35,1×20,9mm

Description: Edo jidai fuchi and kashira vine and maple theme with copper and gold decorations. Forged Goto Ichijo style, related to the four schools of Omori, Hamano, Iwamoto and Ishiguro and derived from Yokoya style. With a naturalistic theme over a shakudo nanako base these kodogu show finely worked features flawlessly preserved.





€ 380

  • Name (kanji): 縁 - 頭
  • Name (romaji): Fuchi - Kashira
  • Age : Edo Jidai
  • Fuchi size: 3,6cm × 2,1cm x 1,2cm
  • Fuchi weight: 18,5gr
  • Kashira size: 3,2cm × 1,7cm x 0,6cm
  • Kashira weight: 9,1gr

Description: Fuchi and kashira of the Edo period themed dragons made ​​with gold details on shibuichi shakudo. Both pieces are made with great details and precious materials. Shakudo (97% iron and 3% gold) and shibuichi (95% iron and 5% silver) were very appreciated materials by artisans and samurai for their aesthetic characteristics. The subject of both, the dragon, is also one of the most appreciated by the Japanese, a symbol of life and prosperity. Both pieces are in perfect condition.

Pictures are works of art from the artist Paola Marinangeli






€ 850

  • Name (kanji): 目貫
  • Name (romaji): Menuki
  • Age : Edo Jidai
  • Size: 3,8cm × 2,0cm | 4,2cm x 1,8cm
  • Weight: 6,4gr | 6,9gr

Description: Pair of shakudo and gold made menuki themed Gagaku dancers. Gagaku have been music players by the Japanese imperial court in Kyoto for several centuries. High level menuki, materials and details among the best of Japanese tradition. The banners of the dancers are voluptuous and decorated down to the most minute details. The surface is smooth and the metal flawlessly forged. The condition is impeccable. The box of paulownia wood is specially made for this pair of menuki.

Pictures are works of art from the artist Paola Marinangeli






€ 700

  • Name (kanji): 目貫
  • Name (romaji): Menuki
  • Age : Edo Jidai
  • Size: 3,8cm × 1,2cm | 3,4cm x 1,2cm
  • Weight: 5,1gr | 4,2gr
  • Certificate: N.B.T.H.K. Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu

Description: Pair of menuki shakudo and gold made ​​with floral theme. The subject depicts peonies adorned with a golden pearl. The style belongs to Goto school and the construction is flawless. Details and workmanship are of high quality, bright and vibrant looking. Forging metal is compact and free of defects and the state of preservation is also impeccable. Subjected to Shinsa this pair of menuki has obtained the certificate of Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu N.B.T.H.K.

Pictures are works of art from the artist Paola Marinangeli






€ 580

  • Name (kanji): 目貫
  • Name (romaji): Menuki
  • Age : Edo Jidai
  • Size: 2,6cm × 1,5cm | 2,6cm x 1,5cm
  • Weight: 4,2gr | 4,7gr
  • Certificate: N.B.T.H.K. Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu

Description: Pair of menuki shakudo made ​​with gold decorations and koma inu theme, lion dogs guarding the Shinto shrines. Attributed to the Goto Kenjo school these menuki are made entirely in shakudo with delicate gold accents. The lion dog finds its origins in Chinese mythology as the Shishi being adopted in Japan as Komainu, in reference to the korean version, where Koma is an ancient Japanese term to indicate the land of Korea. The Komainu are usually found at the entrance to Shinto temples as guardians, protecting deity of the temple itself. One of the two lion dogs is usually represented with an open mouth in the act of exhaling issuing an "A" and the other with its mouth closed as a sign of inspiration: "UN". Hence the term "A-UN no kokyu" breathing A and UN, a metaphor of life and creation. Deorations and metal are in perfect condition and the menuki are accompanied by a certificate N.B.T.H.K. Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu.

Pictures are works of art from the artist Paola Marinangeli






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  • Name (kanji): 目貫
  • Name (romaji): Menuki
  • Age : Edo Jidai - second half of XVIII cen.
  • Size & weight: ura 4,5gr omote 6,0gr - ura and omote 3,0cm x 1,5cm

Description: Beautiful menuki couple from the second half of eighteenth century, fully restored depicting the mithological lion dog Komainu. Made of copper with gold embossing (katabori) and chiseling (uchidashi) finishes. Features are precise and smearless on the inner side revealing skill and doubtless realization. The lion dog originates in China as Shishi, later adopted in Japan as Komainu where Koma is an ancient term indicating the land of Korea. Komainu are found at Shinto temples entrance as guardians of the temple itself. One of the lion dogs is usually carved in the act of breathing out (A), while the other in breathing in (UN), where the "A-UN no kokyu" breathing is meant as symbol of life and creation. Komainu also represented the imperial power and koshirae with the two lion dogs were usually worn by samurai close to the court. Rich in details and skillfully carved this couple of menuki proudly show all the features of the tradition.





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  • Name (kanji): 目貫
  • Name (romaji): Menuki
  • Age : Likely Momoyama/Edo Jidai
  • Size & weight: 3,8cm x 1,4cm - 9,3 grams

Description: End of Momoyama/early Edo gold menuki for a marine theme where one is a giant shell embraced by seeweeds and the other a giant shrimp. Menuki are gold made and worked with chisel technique. Details are strong and a fine workmanship allowed the couple of menuki to pass centuries without being damaged. This theme was really popular during Koto times where the sea was the major source of food and many kodogu were usually carved with sea inherent subjects.





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  • Name (kanji): 目貫
  • Name (romaji): Menuki
  • Age : Showa Jidai
  • Size and weight: URA(4,5cm x 2,0cm) OMOTE(4,3cm x 1,5cm) - 6,5 grams

Description: Perl menuki with floreal theme. This couple of menuki is a real rarity in kodogu world since perl as material is pretty unusual. Dating back to Showa age they are entirely made of perl and probably the work of an artisan from another field later introducted to japanese sword's world. The white colour will stand out beneath the tsuka ito for a unique piece of japanese antique making any koshirae showy.





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  • Name (kanji): 目貫
  • Name (romaji): Menuki
  • Age : Edo Jidai
  • Size & weight (both): 3,9cm x 1,6cm x 0,7cm - 5,03 grams

Description: Hannya dedicated menuki, No theater mask from japanese mithology. This beautiful couple of menuki is entirely made of precious metals depicting Hannya, the demon woman. Entirely made of gold, silver and shakudo, beloved metal shogun Tokugawa dedicated verses. In No theater Hannya is a woman involved in a love story and transformed in a demon by jelousy, with sharp horns and sparkling eyes. The character has often been used as subject for menuki and kodogu in general but sporadically with such a mastery and wealth of details. The three metals, (silver for the face, gold for horns and details and shakudo for the background) are skillfully mixed together in a perfect balance. These menuki are in a perfect state of preservation and maintain japanese tradition charm unaltered.





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  • Name (kanji): 目貫
  • Name (romaji): Menuki
  • Age : Meiji Jidai
  • Size: Omote 42.8mm - Ura 41.7mm

Description: Couple of menuki "rope and sword" themed; Fudo Myoo belongings. Made of gold and shakudo they belong to Shinto kami named Fudo Myoo, guardian god of samurai. Opposite to Hachiman, worshipped on battle's rush, Fudo represents the spirit of martial arts. On Heiho Kadensho, ultimate sword book of Shinkage school wrote by Yagyu Munenori, shogun Tokugawa's sword master, Fudo Myoo is worshipped because capable of bringing balance between the three misterys (body, word and mind) in a state called "Sanmitsu Byodo". These menuki have astonishing details skillfully forged and are in a perferct state of preservation.





€ 1510


  • Name (kanji): 小柄, 小刀, 笄
  • Name (romaji): set kozuka kogatana kogai
  • Age : Bakumatsu Jidai
  • Size& weight:
  • kozuka (9,6cm x 1,35cm x 0,4cm 27,2gr)
  • kogatana (nagasa 11,8cm nakago 8,6cm mihaba 1,2cm 14,22gr)
  • kogai (18,8cm x 1,1cm x 0,2cm 26,67gr)

Description: Complete set of kozuka, kogatana and kogai from Bakumatsu. Brass made with silver decorations with a gentle bamboo theme. The blade of kogatana is made of japanese steel traditionally forged and signed by the author. Kogai is worked front and back with a theme based on lines. All three pieces show compactness and grace while either simple and elegant as of japanese tradition. This set can be both collected or mounted on a koshirae (katana or wakizashi) and is suitable for a showy mounting or bringing a shining detail on a more classical koshirae. High rank kodogu flawlessly preserved.





640 500


  • Name (kanji): 拵
  • Name (romaji): Koshirae
  • Age : Meiji Jidai
  • Size & weight: 40,5cm x 230 grams
  • Signature: 赤銅一 Sekidou Hajime

Description: Tanto koshirae signed Sekidou Hajime (赤銅一) (another possible pronunciation is Shakudou with same ideograms of the material). Saya is dark grey coloured and worked with urushi technique (shells and mother of perl) dotted with shell crystals of a shiny green. Menuki are copper made with gold details depicting the japanese god correspondent to our Bacco. Tsuka ito and sageo are new and of good craftmanship while same is, on the other hand, antique and has now a fascinating ochre gloss. Fuchi and Kashira are copper made either. This koshirae is completed by a precious brass kozuka, worked on both sides with different themes. An extraordinary chance to collect a koshirae signed by a great artist.





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