EXCEPTIONAL JAPANESE MIXED METAL TSUBA MAKERS LIDDED BOX
EXCEPTIONAL JAPANESE MIXED METAL TSUBA MAKERS LIDDED BOX
EXCEPTIONAL JAPANESE MIXED METAL TSUBA MAKERS LIDDED BOX
EXCEPTIONAL JAPANESE MIXED METAL TSUBA MAKERS LIDDED BOX
EXCEPTIONAL JAPANESE MIXED METAL TSUBA MAKERS LIDDED BOX
EXCEPTIONAL JAPANESE MIXED METAL TSUBA MAKERS LIDDED BOX
EXCEPTIONAL JAPANESE MIXED METAL TSUBA MAKERS LIDDED BOX

EXCEPTIONAL JAPANESE MIXED METAL TSUBA MAKERS LIDDED BOX

c. 1880 JAPAN

Offered by Steve Sly Japanese Works Of Art (Stags Head Antiques Ltd)

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As part of our Exclusive Japanese art collection we are delighted to offer this exceptional quality circular lidded box , the box although unsigned was more than likely crafted by a highly skilled Tsuba maker and in the manner of the Soten school of artists , it was after the Meiji restoration in 1868 and with little demand for sword fittings , that these artisans had to quickly turn their skills to producing other types of wares for an emerging export market , the main body of this box is formed from a steel grey shibuichi metal, finely onlaid around the circumference with solid gold floral mons , the heavy lid has been formed almost Tsuba shaped and not quite fully round , it depicts a stunning mixed metal battle scene with warriors amidst a mountainous backdrop , the inner lid reveals finely detailed Samurai warriors on horseback , crossing a thickly onlaid silver river, these subjects would be representations of famous historic battle scenes , this unknown sword fitting artist has manufactured a most tactile and useful box, whilst retaining some of the more traditional Tsuba making decoration to the inner and outer lid,.

He clearly managed to adapt his skills from a centuries old sword fittings business to the new , and at this time relatively unknown export market that was to follow.

A truly magical piece of Japanese metalwork from the early Meiji period -circa 1880

Approximate sizes

Diameter: 2.5" 6.5 cm


Height: 1.25" 3.0 cm


Weight: 206 gms


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Dimensions
Height 3.00 cm (1.18 inches)
Width 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Depth 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Diameter 6.50 (2.56 inches)
Weight 206.00g (6.62oz t)
Medium
MIXED METAL
Signed/Inscribed
1880
Steve Sly Japanese Works Of Art (Stags Head Antiques Ltd)

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