Japanese Weapons

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Japan, attributed to the Koide clan – Tanba Sonobe – Edo period (1603-1867) Materials: Fiber, Rattan, Wood, Lacquer Edo Period, Lacquer, Rattan, Decorative Plates, Japanese, Clan, Tableware, Weapons, Fiber
A LACQUERED KOIDE JINGASA
Japan, attributed to the Koide clan – Tanba Sonobe – Edo period (1603-1867) Materials: Fiber, Rattan, Wood, Lacquer
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HEKA - LEKA Alifuru, Maluku - Suku Alifuru Maluku Islands, Spice Island, Unity In Diversity, Sumatra, People Of The World, The Republic, Archipelago, Indonesian, Southeast Asia
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HEKA - LEKA Alifuru, Maluku - Suku Alifuru
This fine sword guard features typical Chinese design, but the ‘kozuka hitsu-ana‘ and manner of gilding tell us that this example was made in Japan, for Japanese use or as gift for European traders. The tsuba is decorated with a blossom on the top. The sides are decorated with crawling dragons ending up with the flower, instead of the usual ‘flaming pearl‘. The openwork on this tsuba is of great detail. Chinese Design, Manners, Sword, Dragons, Ana, Example, European, Pearls
A SINO-TIBETAN STYLE NANBAN
This fine sword guard features typical Chinese design, but the ‘kozuka hitsu-ana‘ and manner of gilding tell us that this example was made in Japan, for Japanese use or as gift for European traders. The tsuba is decorated with a blossom on the top. The sides are decorated with crawling dragons ending up with the flower, instead of the usual ‘flaming pearl‘. The openwork on this tsuba is of great detail.
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Over centuries, many sailors, merchants and colonial dignitaries crossed the oceans to trade with Asian countries. The cross-cultural influence is an interesting part of this period of war and trade. The word ‘Nanban’ or also spelled ‘Namban’ can be literary translated as: ‘Western Barbarian’, a term the Japanese locally used when they spoke of traders from Europe and other continents. The tsuba (sword guards) are a typical fitting of the Japanese sword.  Japan – Edo period, late 18th century Japanese Sword, Barbarian, Merchants, Continents, 18th Century, Peace Symbol, Literary, War
A CHRISTIAN NANBAN TSUBA
Over centuries, many sailors, merchants and colonial dignitaries crossed the oceans to trade with Asian countries. The cross-cultural influence is an interesting part of this period of war and trade. The word ‘Nanban’ or also spelled ‘Namban’ can be literary translated as: ‘Western Barbarian’, a term the Japanese locally used when they spoke of traders from Europe and other continents. The tsuba (sword guards) are a typical fitting of the Japanese sword. Japan – Edo period, late 18th century
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The Mokume style is an unique and typical form of tsuba making. They are folded while being forged, which emerges into a nice pattern. Mostly made in the 18th century, Edo period.  This example is signed: Myochin Ki No Munesada Saku.  Japan, (likely Tokio) between 1700-1799 (Edo period) Mokume, Saku, Forging, Form
A MOKUME TSUBA BY MYOCHIN KI NO MUNESADA
The Mokume style is an unique and typical form of tsuba making. They are folded while being forged, which emerges into a nice pattern. Mostly made in the 18th century, Edo period. This example is signed: Myochin Ki No Munesada Saku. Japan, (likely Tokio) between 1700-1799 (Edo period)
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The type of tsuba’s vary, many were casted in iron and chiseled afterwards. The center recess where the blade enters, is called ”nakago ana” ending at the tang of the blade (nakago) the recess on the left is called the ”kozuka hitsu-ana”. The one on the right is called ”kogai hitsu-ana”. These were made in style of the koshirea where the blade fits in together with the ”kogatana” and the ”kogai”’. The owner of this tsuba had no need for the kogai and had the recess filled with gilded brass. Chisels, It Cast, Recess, Tang, Gilded, Blade, Left
A FINE CHISELED TSUBA, EDO PERIOD
The type of tsuba’s vary, many were casted in iron and chiseled afterwards. The center recess where the blade enters, is called ”nakago ana” ending at the tang of the blade (nakago) the recess on the left is called the ”kozuka hitsu-ana”. The one on the right is called ”kogai hitsu-ana”. These were made in style of the koshirea where the blade fits in together with the ”kogatana” and the ”kogai”’. The owner of this tsuba had no need for the kogai and had the recess filled with gilded brass.
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