Japanese sword-mounts in the collections of Field Museum by Helen C. Gunsaulus

By Helen C. Gunsaulus

Обзор и каталог прибора (навершия, гарды, отделка и т.д.) японских мечей коллекции box Museum of normal historical past (USA).

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Joly, Sword and Same, pp. 9, 11. 3 24 i"V" ~ wmB»TY W Ulfl»» LIM*B1 ' FIELD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY. Pommel and Tsuba found in dolmens. ANTHROPOLOGY, VOL. Metropolitan museum of Art XVI, PL. (p. 27). II. Early Types of Swords —Ken and Tachi 25 Suzano-wo (Plate XXXIV, Fig. 3), who is said to have 1 It is this type of sword it from the dragon's tail. which very often appears engraved on blades, sometimes combined the hands of originally wrested also with a dragon, or associated with modified Devanagarl characters, called Bonji, and quite as often as the sole decoration.

And This Chinese motive appears the characteristic decoration repeatedly throughout Japanese of a group of tsuba known as Namban, which became popular in the seventeenth century, and which are dealt with together with the meaning of this design on page 74. This early pommel is joined to a broad collar art, is by which the whole was fastened to the sword. The at the top and bottom a narrow, beaded band. collar has upon it 1 H. Joly, Sword and Same, p. 18. In the same work (on the plate opposite 6) there are two ring-pommel swords found in a dolmen in Higo.

There is first cut into the metal foundation a groove or patch, as the case may be, in the form of the decoration to be inlaid. Into this is hammered the contrasting metal. In later work, such as was brought to perfection by the Nara and Hamano workers, the groove was narrower at the top than the base, so that when the inlay was hammered in, it was thus secured tightly. When honsogan is flat, it is known as when projecting above the surface, it is called takasogan. hirazogan; Brass wire it the material inlaid on each of these guards, and though unfortunately has come loose or entirely disappeared in spots, the design may is clearly be traced on both tsuba.

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