Muromachi Ko-Katsushi Tsuba

Excellent piece of Nanbokucho to early Muromachi Ko-katchushi tsuba.  Motif is of tsuba is well-known "toh ni kam" (pagoda and scythes). The pagoda is a Buddhist structure erected at grave sites or to house the remaines of the dead. This tsuba is creatively expressing the need to maintain the site and keep it free from weeds to honor dead samurais. The pair of scythes will ward off evil spirits from the sacred memorial. Regardless of the interpretation, it illustrates the futility of war. Size of 86.7mm height, 85.8mm width, mimi is 4-5mm, and seppadai thickness 2.5mm.