This is a delightful wakizashi tsuba from the Hamano school of the Edo era. It is made of shakudo and has a very detailed figure of a fully armored Samurai grappling with what appears to be an Oni or some other unsavory character. The detailed figure of the Samurai and combatant are primarily on the obverse of the tsuba but part of the Samurai is flawlessly carried over to the reverse of the tsuba. The details of the Samurai is done in typical Hamano style with the use of copper for exposed body parts and gold for accents for his eyes and on his armor and sword fittings. The Oni is mostly shakudo with some gold highlights.
This tsuba measures 2.72 inches high and 2.56 inches wide. Overall the condition is excellent with only a small round mark just above and to the right of the nakago ana that has been left by a museum inventory sticker that was probably attached for many years. A little restoration would remove that.
This tsuba comes in a standard wooden tsuba box.