A tsuba with a tiger and the moon without signature.
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An iron tsuba with a silver tiger that is perfect for a long saber.
Technic : high relief carving (takaniku bori ) of the rocks , low relief carving (usuniku bori ) for the moon , inlay in the shape of a complete pattern (suemon) silver tiger and relief inlay (takanikubori ) for copper foils covered with gold gilding and flat inlay(hira zogan ) which are golden clouds.
Representation : The tiger is not indigenous to Japan, it was imported by China through Buddhism .It would have powers on the wind, because of these roars, it would be the incarnation of the thunder. It is the lord of all animals that have four legs and he wears on his forehead "王" which means king.
It was quickly adopted by the warrior castes because of his symbolism of strength, courage and nobility. Possession of an amulet or tiger symbol is said to bring strength, to ward off bad luck and to discourage demons.
In this tsuba, we can see a white tiger and the full moon.
The full moon is the symbol of autumn and feminine purity.
The white tiger or Byakko is associated with autumn.He is one of the four shinshin, the four guardians of Japan, the red phoenix in the south (Suzaku), the blue dragon in the east (Seiryu), the turtle / snake in the north (Genbu) and Byakko in the west.He is the protector of Buddha's teachings and of humanity, he observes the world with clairvoyance. It corresponds to autumn, to the white color, to the wind, its element is metal, and its virtue is righteousness.
This tsuba is sold with a magnolia box.
|materials||iron ,copper and gold .|
|era||edo period 1603-1867|