Sword Handle Cap Set (Fuchi-Gashira) of Buddha Swirls
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 forged iron (tetsu) with a very smooth texture. The set was likely made in Higo Province some time during the late Edo Period circa the late 18th and mid-19th Century. The popular design is the of the Buddha’s swirl highlighted nicely in gold. This set would be great for collectors as a fine example late Higo Province style fuchi-gashria or to adore a fine set of matching Higo style fittings (Higo-goshirae) of a fine Japanese sword.
They are unsigned by the artist who made them. The upper cap (fuchi) measures 3.9 cm (1.6 inches) long by 2.3 cm (0.9 inches) wide. The lower cap (kashira) 3.5 cm (1.4 inches) long by 2.0 cm (0.8 inches) wide. The condition is excellent. The set comes in a wooden storage box.
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