Wednesday, 5 March 2008
more nanako, this time on a tsuba.
This is one of a daisho pair that is on a kamishimo style koshirae. That's the formal regulation dress wear that was required of samurai when attending court. I'll dig out a photo rather than describe it. This is of shakudo and has a gilt rim. As the copper inserts ( sekigane ) in the tanghole ( nakago ana ) indicate, this tsuba was mounted on at least 2 different swords.
The nanako in this example is arranged in vertical rows, some authorities claim this to be an indicator of quality.