Order number : F16792
Tsuba : (NBTHK Hozon paper) ‘sea cucumber’
Mei (signature) : Mumei (unsigned) attributed as Shoami
Length : 7.69 x 7.64 cm ( 3.03 x 3.01 inches)
Thickness of rim : 0.51 cm ( 0.20 inches)
Jidai(era) : Edo Period
Weight : 120 grams
Special Feature : sea cucumber engraved openwork on round shape iron Tsuba.
Sea cucumber appears in the chapter of Kojiki, and for not having any mouth, Amenouzume, the goddess of Japanese myth cutted the head of sea cucumber to make it open.
Such theme for sword fittings is very interesting.
NBTHK Hozon paper
AOI estimation paper
In Kiri box.