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tsuba with a monk



An iron tsuba with a sweeping monk and a temple tree without a signature.

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208,33 €

This tsuba is for short blade, tanto or small wakizashi without signature and from  Edo period.

Technics : the bottom is granulated (nanako ji ) , a carving with high relief  (takaniku bori ), gold is used on the tree's rope, the monk's cap and the flowers at the bottom of the tree's roots. there is the use of copper on the monk.

Representation : This tsuba on its front side represents a tree and a monk who sweepsThe tree is surrounded by a rope that symbolizes its sacredness and that it s the entrance of  a sacred place. It is not uncommon to see century-old trees in Japan next to Shinto or Buddhist temples. The back of the tsuba is a stone outdoor lamp that can be seen in Japanese gardens or temples. Sweeping is a daily zen practice to clean the mind at the same time. So this tsuba is surely a spiritual allegory of its bearer "to have a pure spirit and without impurity".

This tsuba is sold with a magnolia box.

width3,5 cm
depth0,4 cm
weight44,05 g
length5,2 cm
materialstetsu (iron)
eraedo period 1603-1867

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