A mokko-gata tsuba inlaid with the young moon
The moon tsuba mokko shape for wakizashi is an antique piece of high Japanese art of arms, an analogue of the European guard. It served several purposes. The tsuba balanced the sword and performed an aesthetic function.
The skill of creating tsuba was one of the most revered in ancient Japan, passed down from generation to generation, from master to master.
This tsuba is designed for a short Japanese sword Wakizashi. It was made in the second half of the Edo period (1603-1867).
A hachi-mokko-gata tsuba is made of shakudo, an alloy of yellow metal and copper.
A mokko-gata tsuba was carved and inlaid with insects among the grass under the young moon in three non-ferrous metals (gekka akikusa ni musi zu, taka-nikubori kin-gin-suaka dzogan).
The author's signature is missing (mumei).
The tsuba is an artistic detail of a Wakizashi sword, decorated with a harmonious pacifying composition. The age and sophisticated jewelry make the tsuba highly collectible.
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