77mm x 69mm, thickness 5mm
Close-up of signature
"Bushu ju, Akasaka"(on the left photo), "Tadatoki saku"(on
the right photo), that means "Made by Akasaka Tadatoki, who lives
in Musashi province".
The motif is autumn grasses what suggests "Musashi-no". Musashi-no
means an open field in Musashi province. It is the Kanto plain today that
includes Tokyo. The motif "Musashi-no" illustrates a large field
only with grass where has no buildings. The view was quite different from
Tokyo in 21st century.
This tsuba is made by Tadatoki who is a head of Akasaka school. Tadatoki
includes several generations, but it is difficult to distinguish each of
them. The age of this tsuba is 18th century or 19th century.
The design, the cut out work and a little convex surface shows the tradition
of Akasaka school. But the rust condition is not perfect. The rust is a
little thinner on some parts. Probably it was rubbed too much in the past
to remove some rough rust.
Wood box and cushion is added.
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