HAMA-MONO or HAMA-YUKI
There are sword mounts or sword
fittings those were made in the days after samurai age end (Meiji era)
as souvenir for foreign tourists.
Many craftsmen had lost their customer
by Samurai government disappear. Then they had found a new customer, tourists
from the West.
We often see such things, and call
them "Hama-mono" or "Hama-yuki" in slang. That means "things for Yokohama"
or "going to Yokohama". Yokohama was a harbour where many Japanese things
were exported to the West.
Hama-mono is made as one of fine
Japanese art, but no samurai spirit.
This kozuka/kogai is very beautiful and made by excellent
skill. But the design is strange. It has no theme, and motifs don't accord
each other. They look like samples of Japanese craftsmanship.
This kashira is made by excellent skill, but a little
strange to use on Samurai's sword. It might be used on some kind of special
A tsuba made of shakudo (black copper) with an excellent work of thin relief.
But if you try to put this tsuba on koshirae, the relief on the seppa-dai
becomes a trouble to get good fit with seppa. This tsuba is not made for
putting on actual sword.
The nanako dots of base is omitted. The craftsman should have excellent skill, but this is not a serious work of him. It is made easily to attract Western people.
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