Iron Soten Style Tsuba Decorated with Ebira No Ume Theme - Kajiwara Kagesue
Iron Soten style tsuba decorated with Ebira No Ume theme. During Genpei War Minamoto Clan general Kajiwara Kagesue took a branch of flowering plum and stuck it in his arrow quiver. This elegant gesture greatly impressed opposing Taira forces at the 1184 battle of the Ikuta woods. This event inspired many Edo period artist to create works of art with Ebira No Ume theme.
Tsuba is made of iron and extensively decorated with gold nunome zogan inlay. There is also copper, gold and shibuichi inlay applied.