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 and
temple, and it has a lot of fan as same as a Yoshino cherry tree. 19th century.

2) 鐔 土筆透図 大野 (無銘) 
Design of horsetail sprouts by Ono School
寸法:縦72.0×横68.0×厚さ6.0 (mm)
解説:愛知県知多半島に居住した大野派は、鉄鐔の一大勢力である尾張・金山鐔と作風は近似し
関係は深い。春の訪れを告げる土筆を透かした、素朴で味わい深い作柄。
江戸時代前期。保存鑑定書付。

Horsetail sprouts is often drawn as a seasonable plant in warm spring.
Ono School in Owari province (present Aichi) has some similar characteristics with
a powerful iron Tsuba schools, Owari and Kanayama.
This is a simply beautiful iron art work. 17c. Hozon certificate paper.

3) 桜川透図 肥後(無銘)
Design of Sakuragawa story by Higo School
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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 became a 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 in
Higo (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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