This Edo Period (1603-1868) polished (migaki) shakudo plate with an elegantly thin gold fukurin (less than 2 mm) is a highly refined graphic interpretation of three silhouetted tsuru (cranes) circling in flight.The detail is crisp and skillfully executed attesting to the skill of this artist. In Japan the crane was an important symbol exemplifying, among other things, purity, longevity, devotion, and good fortune. This image is found prominently in Japanese art.
The gradual taper from the center to the tsuba’s edge is very graceful with compliment to the geometry of the overall design. The condition is very near excellent showing all the soft haze & minute scratching associated with having been mounted. The fine indentations and nicks along the edge give the impression of having an fine ishime finish. The color is a beautiful dark plum. Also, this piece is signed by the artist: Efu Ju Akao Yoshitsugu Saku. This tsuba comes complete with its lined wooden display box and measures: 2 5/8" (6.8 cm)w x 2 3/4" (6.6 cm)h x 3/16" (5 mm)d. The nakago is 1/4" (6.5 mm)w x 15/16" (2.4 cm)h.
A high quality antique Tsuba suitable for mounting or displaying as it is.