Sword Guard (Tsuba) Depicting Hanshan and Shide (寒山拾得図鐔)

Fittings maker Yoshiteru Japanese

Not on view

The obverse of this tsuba shows Hanshan (寒山, Japanese: Kanzan) and Shide (拾得, Japanese: Jittoku), popular figures in Zen painting, with their attributes scroll and broom respectively. The reverse depicts a pine tree with parts of the cones and the small bamboo at its base being highlighted in gold. The rest of the plate is polished and left undecorated.

Haynes (H 12169.0) (see references) lists this artist as having died before 1781 and as follows: “Listed in the Sōken Kishō, 1781, vol. 4 p. 22, also listed by Hara 1902, p. 215. This name is also read Yoshiaki, or Kiki.”

Sword Guard (<i>Tsuba</i>) Depicting Hanshan and Shide (寒山拾得図鐔), Yoshiteru (Japanese, active 18th century), Brass, gold, silver, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), Japanese

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