Soten School tsuba decorated with Omori Hikoshichi crossing the river with demon on his back.
"Though it seems that Omori Hikoshichi bears a beauty upon his back, the horns in her reflection reveal her true, demonic nature. A version of the tale holds that Omori, an officer in the service of Ashikaga Takauji (1305-1358) during their victory over Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1336) at the 1336 Battle of Minatogawa, came across this beautiful woman and offered to carry her across the river. Upon seeing her reflection, he killed the demon just as she was preparing to do the same to him.
Another version tells that, after his victory, Takauji arranged for a Noh play to be performed. A girl carrying a mask of hannya (representing a jealous female) arrived to the campsite and stirred up quite a bit of trouble before Omori, recognizing her to be the daughter of Masahige, vouched on her behalf and offered to take her to the performance. She attacked him as he carried her across a small stream, but Omori was prepared for her attack and easily disarmed the girl. As she explained that she wanted to kill Omori to avenge her father's death, the warrior took pity on her and told her how her father committed seppuku and thus died with dignity. He gave her father's dagger and sent her on her way. The story would later be adapted to Noh and kabuki theater" Source: https://www.scholten-japanese-art.com/yoshitoshi_107.php
Tsuba made of iron with gold fukurin. Decorated with gold and shakudo inlay.
Made in late Edo Period.
Size: 74 mm x 74 mm x 5 mm
With custom made kiri box.
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