Nara School tsuba with NBTHK Hozon Tosogu. Decorated with autumn plants and single butterfly. Made of polished brass and decorated with silver, shakudo and suaka inlay. Parts of butterfly and plants are gilded. There is shakudo fukurin and shakudo hitsu ana plugs.
First thing that stands out about this tsuba is a color of the surface. It is a mix of red copper, yellow brass and bits of light brown. While I have no idea how this was achieved this are exactly colors that right now I can see out of my window. So those color of autumn that we love so much.
The same attention to colors has been applied to flowers. They are not sparkling gold or silver but are toned down. Exactly as autumn plants would be.
They only thing that stands out is a tiny gold and silver butterfly that creates a necessary counter poise to the plants.
It feels like this tsuba was created by a painter and not tsuba maker. This approach can often be seen on Nara School tsuba but in my opinion the use of colors on this one just takes it to the next level.