Sword Fittings | Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum Sword Fittings | Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum


Sword Fittings | Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum


Age:2004 (Publication Date)

Sword fittings (Tosogu), as well as Into and Netsuke, represent wonderful miniature works of art from the Edo and Meiji period and we are extremely proud of them. As far as I know, no other metalwork such as Japanese sword fittings exist elsewhere in the world: they are accurate, delicate and elegant. The essential techniques fro making metalwork such as alloying, sculpturing, inlaying, coloring and so forth developed mainly in Silk Road countries. Once these techniques are introduced to Japan, they were refined and cultivated by Japanese metal workers, and reduced far finer results. The pinnacle of these techniques was reached between the end of the Edo and the beginning of the Meiji period (late 19th century), and sword guards (Tsuba) and pairs of hilt ornaments (Menuki), and small knives (Kozuka) are the best examples Fine pieces are unfortunately often privately owned or were exported to the West, therefore the public is rarely able to see them. This book contains a wealth of luxurious and picturesque objects and is a must for the historian or collector. 

The Kiyomizu Museum as able to assemble this fine group of sword fittings, with the help of Mrs. HIruta of Homando Art Gallery, and displayed in Sannenzaka Museum as seen in this little book. Sword fittings are a uniquely Japanese art, expressed within a limited small space and using numerous difficult manufacturing techniques. It is our duty to know and conserve the refined artistic sense of our ancestors. Our intention is to provide this  book so that readers can better understand Japanese metal arts as well as sharing their history in this exceptional publication. Shown are examples of the most famous fitting makers. All the photos have the makers name shown in English.  Though the books basic text is Japanese, there is an Introduction and Afterward in English.

Condition: Excellent, Like New Hardbound with unbroken spine. Printed in Japanese but with exceptional images.