1) 鐔 枝垂れ桜図 無銘
Design: Weeping cherry tree
寸法:縦71.0×横66.0×厚さ5.0 (mm) 
解説:桜といえばまずソメイヨシノを思い浮かべるが、枝垂れ桜はたくさんの枝にこんもりと
花を咲かせ、咲く期間も長いことから人々の気持ちを豊かにさせ、そのファンも多い。
古くから神社や寺院などに植えられており、四季を大切にする日本人にとっては、和歌などの
好題材とされ貴族から庶民まで愛されてきた。
江戸時代後期(19世紀)。

Cherry blossoms are very good theme for Waka, traditional Japanese poetry
among the aristocracy.It is close to Japanese’s heart, and to enjoy a cherry
blossom in spring is very important event for the people who enjoy the four seasons.
From ancient time, a lot of weeping cherry trees ”Shidare-sakura” are planted in the
shrine andtemple, and it has a lot of fan as same as a Yoshino cherry tree.
19th century.


2) 鐔 花筏図 無銘
Design of cherry blossoms with rafts (called Hana-ikada)
寸法:縦74.0×横68.0×厚さ4.5 (mm) 
桜花に筏を添えた花筏文は着物などにも用いられ、優美な春の情感が味わえる。
赤銅地全面に桜花と筏をバランス良く組み合わせ、緻密に入る金色絵が上品である。
江戸時代中-後期。桐箱付。

Design of cherry blossoms with rafts (called Hana-ikada) which are traditional elegant
subject of spring, are depicted on Shakudo ground. It is fine composition and some gold
coloring parts are elegant.
18-19c. With a suitable wood box.


3) 桜川透図 肥後(無銘)
Design of Sakuragawa story by Higo School
NEW
寸法:縦82.0×横78.0×厚さ5.5 (mm) 
桜花に網の組み合わせは、謡曲「桜川」を図案化したと伝わる。日向国の少年「桜子」が
貧しい母を助ける為に自身を人買いに売り、その後常陸国の桜川に行き着き、当地で僧の
弟子となる。一方、子を失った悲しみで物狂いとなった母もその行方を尋ね旅に出る。
春に当地へ辿り着き、川を流れる桜花を網で掬いながら嘆いていたところ、その奇行を
耳にした子と念願の再会を果たし共に故郷へと帰る親子愛の物話。桜花を陰陽に透かし
耳に金象嵌を細かく施した技巧品。
江戸時代中期。保存鑑定書付。

Design of cherry blossoms with net is telling Sakuragawa of Noh program which is
story of parent-child love. Sakura-go who sold himself to human trafficker for helping
his poor mother,reached the Sakuragawa River in Hitachi several years later, and
becamea pupil of priest. On one hand, his mother who knew that, was overwhelmed
by grief and looked for him.
She also came to the river in the season of cherry blossoms, and was scooping floating
petals using a net after she lost her mind. This strange behavior helped
her to encounter his son, and went back to their hometown together. Higo School
was thriving under powerful feudal lord, Hosokawa family inHigo (Kumamoto Pref.).
18c. Hozon certificate paper.

4) 四方花蕨手図 肥前(無銘)
Design of flowers with Warabite (bracken-shape) by Hizen School
寸法:縦84.0×横81.0×厚さ6.0 (mm)
四方に配置した花を蕨手で繋ぐことで輪郭を形成し、平象嵌で異国風な文様を施した変わり形肥前鐔。鍋島家が治めた肥前国(佐賀・長崎)は、江戸時代の鎖国政策時に海外との交易が行われていた長崎を有し、当地で製作された異国風な刀装具は流行した。
江戸時代後期。保存鑑定書付。

This Hizen Tsuba has unique shaped rim consist of flowers and Warabite (bracken-shape) designs, and decorated with exotic design by gold inlay.
Hizen (Saga and Nagasaki Pref.) ruled by Nabeshima clan has Nagasaki city where is a place for overseas trades in period of national isolation. And sword fittings of exotic design which was made there, became very popular. 19c. Hozon certificate paper.


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