Re: Horses and sword guards (tsuba) on the Japanese sword
Incredible. Is the mane and tail of the horses a different metal? It almost looks like silver from the pictures. Classically understated, very wabi-sabi as they say.
I'm intrigued by the fact that the shinogi area seems to be mismatched from the right to left side. Do you have any information about the blade this was originally mounted on? It seems from the dimples that it's been re-mounted at least once, with the lower dimples showing some fitting area from what appears to be a mune. Perhaps that is the explanation for the seeming incongruous nature of the left/right sides. In any event, a truly wonderful example of craftsmanship. Thank you for posting this!!