Tsuba with a picture of three level pine cut in low relief. Cones and some bark scales are inlaid with gold.
Pine is the highest of Shōchikubai, associated with longevity, prosperity and endurance.
The author of this tsuba, Okamoto Naofusa, was a nephew* and a pupil of Okamoto Naoshige, the founder of Tetsugendo school.
He lived in Settu-No-Kuni (Osaka). Died between 1775 and 1800.
The gold kakihan in the inscription consists of the two characters: “Sei Ei”, which was his early signature. Later, he changed it to “Eiju”.
The Sosho Script is used in the signature.
* according to another source, he was a student of Okamoto Harukuni and the adopted son of Okamoto Naoshige.
Inscription - 成龍軒榮壽 印 成榮 (Seiryuken Eiju, with a gold kakihan Seiei). Tetsugendo school
Age - end of Edo (second half of XVIII century).
Iron, shishiai bori, zogan with gold.
Nagamaru gata, kaku mimi; 7,3 х 7 x 0,6-0,4 cm.
sankai matsu zu tetsu ji nagamaru gata shishiai bori zogan kaku mimi