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 (oborogin) with a very fine texture. The set was made by a goldsmith (kinkō) artist of the Ito School in the capital city of Edo sometime during the late of the Edo Period circa 19th century. They are 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. It is inlayed in gold (kin) and other soft metals in high relief. This set would be great for collectors as a fine example Edo Kinko style fuchi-gashria or to adore a fine set of matching fittings (koshirae) of a Japanese sword.
They are signed Tadayasu + kaō (尹泰「花押」). The upper cap (fuchi) measures 3.8 cm (1.5 inches) long by 2.3 cm (0.9 inches) wide. The lower cap (kashira) 3.5 cm (1.4 inches) long by 1.6 cm (0.6 inches) wide. The condition is excellent. The set comes in a custom wooden storage box and NBTHK apprisal papers.
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