Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma
Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma
Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma
Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma
Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma
Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma
Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma
Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma
Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma
Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma

Mito School Tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu - Daruma

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Mito School tsuba decorated with Daruma, legendary buddhist monk that lived in 5th or 6th century. On seppa dai there is carved Song dynasty poem. I am very sorry but I do not know Chinese nor am I educated enough to make an interpretation. Mr. Raymond Yan was kind enough to help and provide me with this information. 

Name of the poem is "偈颂一百零二首"

Full text of the poem is: 

"不绍金轮尊贵位,被人打落当门齿。

难亸梁王掘地埋,脱身留得得空棺履。
死款供成,临文不讳。
乳窦今朝报不平,臭烟蓬{左火右 㶿}薰他鼻。
任是老顽,也须喷嚏"
Rough translation of the part carved on tsuba: 
" Didn't inherit the noble position, front teeth got beaten by somebody and fallen off"
Tsuba made of polished yamagane with inlaid gold dots. 
Made in Edo period. 
Size: 82 mm x 78 mm x 4 mm