KOTÔ ERA TSUKA

KOTÔ ERA TSUKA
10.27.17 admin@nihonto

This is a very unusual item.  It is a tsuka from a wakizashi that dates to the end of the Kotô era.  The fuchi looks to be and old kogai from the Muromachi era that has been re-purposed and made into the fuchi.  The kashira is made by adding a design of mixed metals to a suaka plate.  It is very rustic.  The menuki are delicate filigree flowers and tendrils.  In place of same are two gilded metal plates.  The ito is made of thin strips of leather that have been lacquered.  This piece as a whole has a very strong and sturdy feel and appearance.  It was probably mounted on the sword of a mid-level Samurai who was interested in functionality rather than glamor.