That's very nice Stu, the intricate details i always find fascinating, the more you look - the more you see!
A friend of mine has one with Samurai archers on horseback, same sort of amazing detail.
I've added a pic of my one solitary tsuba. It is Raiden, the god of thunder.
I bought it a while back because it reached out and spoke to me.... and i was cashed up!
I have no idea what school or smith, but i assume it is edo period.
Here's another from one of my swords, it has tiny little panels that when you zoom in on, show a great amount of detail! One is of a peacock, the other of a goat, i don't know what significance they have.
i'm amazed at how they could of made them.
I assume the rest of the tsuba background is clouds?
Nice sukashi tsuba Stu.Construction appears to be early Edo period. As John Yumoto Sensei used to say, a true functional tsuba requiresd a strong rim, which this guard has.
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Very nice Stu!
I really like the first one.
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Yes, background squiggles represent clouds.
In googling the kanji and romaji, there are other artisans named Munechika .... but use different kanji. I'm hoping our resident experts can identify your tsuba's maker.
Your tsuba's twin brother is in the Oxford University Ashmolean Museum!!
Mokkō-shaped tsuba with fan mounts depicting a phoenix and a unicorn
Japan (place of creation)
19th century (1801 - 1900)
Munechika (active 19th century) (armourer)
Material and technique
iron, with stamped silver
8.3 x 7.7 x 0.4 cm (height x width x depth)
Object type index
No. of items
Bequeathed by Sir Arthur H. Church, 1915.
Nice Tsubas guys.