Mei (signed): Tsuneshige
Size: 7,5 cm x 6,9 cm
Thickness at rim: 0,5 cm
Period: Mid Edo
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Tsuba depicting a boatman under the moon.
Elongated round shape, brass with polished finish, high relief worked into the surface, colour inlay, folded-over rim.
The master Tsuneshige lived in Edo, in Kanda area in the middle of Edo period.
He used gold, shakudō and suaka zōgan technique of Kinkō tsuba.
Kawamura Tsuneshige, whose early name was Sekiguchi Rioka, was born into the Sekiguchi family and later adopted by Kawamura family. He was a student of Nara Shigetsugu and was active around the middle of the 18th century (ca. 1775-1800). “Tōrin” art name can also be a gourd shape seal. Tsuneshige is said to have worked with great rapidity. His tsuba, some square in shape and others slightly rounded, were generally of brass ji, decorated with figures, animals and flowers in shakudō and copper, also with gold nunome, carved fukurin and nice line engraving on the ji. Despite being soft metal, his work was well thought of for use in battle.