The kôgai hitsu intersects the design and the seppa dai in such a way that there is little doubt it is a later addition. The kozuka hitsu however looks to fit neatly into the design. There is plenty of ‘air’ in the design for me to suspect that the kozuka ana is original to the tsuba.
The theme is Akikusa no Zugara 秋草の図柄 or plants which flower in autumn. There are 3 varieties in this design and these include 菊 Kiku (Chrysanthemum), 撫子 Nadeshiko (Pink or Pink flower) and 竜胆 Rindou (Japanese Gentian). This style of work was common in Ko Mino and was also well covered by Ko Kinkô and Gôto artisans but the lack of depth in the carving excludes Ko Mino and it’s are preclude Gôto. The tsuba has been finished off with Kin zôgan 金象嵌 in the form of golden droplets of water.
The dimensions are 67mm x 60mm x 3mm
There is NBTHK Hozon Kanteisho 保存刀装具と鑑定書付 and Hakogaki 箱書付 by Kanzan 寒山.
太刀師 – Tachi shi
秋草文 鍔 – Akikusa mon Tsuba
木瓜形赤銅魚子地高彫両櫃孔 Mokko gata, Shakudo, Nanako Ji, Takabori, Ryohitsu ana – Quadrilobe shape, Shakudo surface with nanako, Carved, 2 hitsu ana.
無銘 太刀師 – Mumei Tachishi – Unsigned Tachi shi.
見事一 Migoto ichi – Excellent item.
昭和己酉夏 (Shouwa Tuchinoto Tori Natsu) – Summer, 1969
寒山誌 – Kanzan Shirusu with kao
Interestingly, Kanzan Sato has labelled this as Tachi-shi 太刀師. This is probably just due to the thinking from that time, and the fact that the shape is Mokko. Modern thinking of course places this style of tsuba as Ko Kinkô.
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