This is a an absolutely outstanding shakudo tsuba of the Nomura school from Ôshû Province in central Honshû. It is carved in openwork with three Chinese sages (two on the front and one on the reverse) contemplating nature as represented by trees, mountains, and a spectacular waterfall. The shakudo is a rich dark black in color evidencing the high gold content used. The faces of the sages are done in silver and copper. Their robes are richly covered with intricate patterns made of gold and silver.
The quality of this tsuba is absolutely excellent with all of the features of the sages and background crisp and in perfect condition. The expressions on the faces of the sages are bright and full of expression for the awe in which they hold the wonders of nature.
The measurements of this tsuba are 2.76 inches or 7.02 cm in high and 2.58 inches or 6.65 cm wide. This tsuba dates to the Edo period but looks like it was made yesterday. It comes with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon papers attesting to its authenticity and quality.