Sword Handle Cap Set (Fuchi-Gashira) of Chinese Poet Rihaku
This is a fine antique set of matching metal caps (fuchi-gashira) that are at either ends of the handle of the Japanese sword. The base metal of the set is the copper-silver alloy (obrogin) with a smooth texture. The set was likely made by a goldsmith (kinkō) artist of the Itō School during the mid Edo Period circa the early to mid 18th century. The upper part (fuchi) is signed Tadayasu + kaō (尹泰「花押」). The design is of the famous Chinese Poet Rihaku crossing a bridge in the scenic countryside. He lived from 701–762 CE during the Tang Dynasty . The design done in high relief is nicely inlayed in gold (kin) and other soft metals. This large set would be great for collectors as a very fine example of the Edo Kinko style or to adore a fine set of matching fittings (koshirae) for a Japanese long sword (katana).
The set is signed Tadayasu + kaō (尹泰「花押」). The upper cap (fuchi) measures 3.6 cm (1.4 inches) long by 2.2 cm (0.9 inches) wide. The lower cap (kashira) 3.4 cm (1.3 inches) long by 1.7 cm (0.7 inches) wide. They have been authenticated with a written appraisal deeming them to be of exceptional quality and worthy of historical preservation by the Japanese Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai). The condition is excellent. The set comes in a fine custom wooden storage box.
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