Shingen school tsuba with woven wire pattern.
Brass plate in the center, brass wire, brass rim.
Height: 88.4 mm, Width: 86.6 mm, Thickness at seppa-dai: 4.6 mm. Weight: 132.4 g.
Technique: woven wire and punching. Edo, 18th century. For reference see the MFA collection.
Robert E. Haynes in his “Study Collection of Japanese Sword Fittings. Nihon Art Publishers, 2010” on p. 117 says: “Brass outer plate of round shape. This tsuba has an iron core tsuba of spoke form as made by Saotome school, ca. 1500. There are brass plates on either side connected to the rim by woven brass and shakudō wire. The wire has been hand drawn, which is very difficult. The hitsuana are brass lined and the rim has a brass cover. This type of tsuba is referred to as a Shingen tsuba. This is a reference to Takeda Shingen Harunobu (1521-1573), the great and famous daimyō.”