Tsuba made of shibuichi, with a nagamarugata shape (oval), carved in katakiribori (an engraving technique made with a chisel, imitating India ink painting).
The design represents shishimaï dancers on one side, and musicians on the other side.
Shishimaï, or “lion dance”, is an ancestral dance born in China, and frequently represented in japanese arts. The dance is performed by one or two men wearing a huge lion (“shishi”) mask. From the 18th century, the lion dance is followed by a procession of musicians and other costumed people.
Signature: Furukawa Tsuneyoshi (Jōshin)
Late Edo period.
Height: 7,2 cm
Width: 7 cm