This is a lovely and artistic Edo period tsuba from the Shoami school. It depicts seabirds in mid-flight with two ship’s sails in the background. You can almost feel the refreshing winds blowing gently. It shows well-balanced openwork with great movement depicted in both the birds and the wind-filled sails. The rim (mimi) is covered in a heavy lustrous gold foil. The Shoami school was established in Kyoto around the end of the Muromachi period and it then spread and prospered throughout the country during the Edo era.
This tsuba measures 3.25 inches or 8.25 cm round. It comes in a custom-made fitted wooden box and is accompanied by NBTHK Hozon papers attesting to the validity of the attribution and the quality and condition of the piece.