Room 10

Sword fittings 刀装具

Case 4

Kanô Natsuo加納夏雄 (1828-1898), who worked for the Meiji Emperor and became professor at the Tôkyô School of Fine Arts in 1890, stands out among late 19th century artisans for his delicate, balanced compositions.

  1. Tsuba

    Shibuichi, iroe inlay 四分一地色絵象嵌

    Obon Festival dancers お盆踊り図

    Signed « Heian Natsuo kore o kizamu» 銘  平安夏雄刻之

    Dated autumn 1854   1854 年 (嘉永七暦甲寅孟秋)


  2. Tsuba

    Shakudô nanako, gold and shibuichi inlay 赤銅魚子地四分一、金象嵌

    Grasses 草図

    Signed « Natsuo »銘  夏雄

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期

  3. Tsuba

    Iron with gold and shibuichi inlay 鉄地四分一、金象嵌

    River otter 獺図

    Signed « Natsuo saku » 銘  夏雄作

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期


  4. Tsuba

    Shakudô, gold inlay 赤銅地金象嵌

    Plovers (chidori) and waves 波千鳥図

    Signed « Natsuo » 銘   夏雄

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期


  5. Tsuba

    Shakudô, iroe inlay 赤銅地色絵象嵌

    Jurôjin, God of Longevity 寿老人

    Signed « Kiyotoshi » with kaô and « Ikkashi » 銘  清壽 (花押) 一家式

    « Natsuo by special request » 応需夏雄

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期

  6. Fuchi-kashira 緣頭

    Shakudô nashiji, copper inlay 赤銅梨地銅象嵌

    Phoenix and paulownia 鳳凰桐図

    Signed « Natsuo » with kaô 銘 夏雄 (花押) 

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期

  7. Kozuka 小柄

    Shakudô nanako, gold inlay 赤銅魚子地金象嵌

    Tsuwabuki (Farfugium japonicum) 石蕗図

    Signed « Natsuo » 銘  夏雄

    Dated spring 1856  1856年 (安政丙辰季春)

  8. Kozuka 小柄

    Shibuichi, gold and silver inlay 四分一地金銀象嵌

    Flowering cherry in the rain 雨下桜図

    Signed « Natsuo » 銘  夏雄

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期


  9. Fuchi-kashira

    Shakudô nanako, gold and silver inlay 赤銅魚子地金銀象嵌

    Peonies 牡丹図

    Signed « Natsuo » 銘  夏雄

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期


    During the Meiji era (1868-1912), following the enactment of the 1876 law abolishing the wearing of swords, metal workers were obliged to find new markets and turned to foreign collectors for whom they made large tsuba, decorated with vigorous designs, which were never intended to be actually mounted on a sword.
  10. Tsuba

    Shakudô, gold and shibuichi inlay 赤銅地四分一金象嵌

    The Taoist immortal Songzi (Shôshi) 松子図

    Signed « Moritoshi saku » 銘  盛壽作

    Unno Moritoshi (1834-1896) 海野盛壽 (1834-1896)

  11. Tsuba

    Shibuichi, iroe inlay 四分一地色絵象嵌

    The Chinese Emperor Yuanzong (Gensô, 685-762) with the ghost of his concubine Guifei (Yôkihi) 玄宗楊貴妃図

    Signed « Nanro Ryû-unsai Moritoshi » 銘  南呂凌雲斎盛壽

    Unno Moritoshi (1834-1896) 海野盛壽 (1834-1896)

  12. Tsuba

    Shakudô, iroe inlay 赤銅地高彫色絵象嵌

    Nitta Yoshisada about to throw his sword into the sea 新田義貞図

    Signed « Kiryû Moritoshi » 銘  起龍盛壽

    Unno Moritoshi (1834-1896) 海野盛壽 (1834-1896)

  13. Tsuba

    Shibuichi, iroe inlay 四分一地高彫色絵象嵌

    The Bodhisattva Jizô riding a dragon 地蔵菩薩図

    Signed « Tôzan Motonobu koku » 銘  東山元信刻

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期


  14. Tsuba

    Shakudô, iroe inlay 赤銅地高彫色絵象嵌

    Plants and birds 鳥類図

    Signed « Myôjusai » with kaô 銘  明壽斎 (花押) 

    Dated 1870  1870 年


  15. Tsuba

    Shakudô, iroe inlay 赤銅地高彫色絵象嵌

    The archer Minamoto no Tametomo (1096-1156) 源為朝図 

    Signed « Tôzan » with kaô 銘  東山 (花押) 

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期


  16. Tsuba

    Shibuichi, iroe inlay 地高彫色絵象嵌

    Temple bell 釣鐘図

    Signed « Masayuki » 銘  政随

    Meiji era, late 19th century 明治初期

  17. Tsuba

    Shakudô, iroe inlay 赤銅地高彫色絵象嵌

    Satô Tadanobu throwing a go-board on an assailant 佐藤忠信図

    Signed « Kochôsai Kazumitsu » 銘  古蝶斎和光

    Meiji era, late 19th century 明治初期

  18. Tsuba de forme mokkô

    Copper ishime, iroe inlay 銅石目地色絵象嵌

    Cocks fighting 闘鶏図

    Signed « Santôshi Toshimasa » 銘  山東子壽政

    Meiji era, late 19th century 明治初期