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"An iron plate in the form of tate mokko gata. There are two sukashi openings, one a Daruma doll and the other a Musubi. Also, a kogai-ana which is original to the tsuba.

Both surfaces of the tsuba are simple, and quite elegant, produced by indentations here and there on its surface. This air of dignity, of quiet refinement, is a basic rule of tsuchime grounds.

The mimi or rim of this tsuba is a very important point as it reflects its power. It is a critical point in determination of the method of its forging and style which reflects the Saotome school." (Haynes & Long)
8.30cm x 7.90cm x 0.4cm.
The Daruma is modeled after Bodhidharma, a monk accredited with the founding of Zen Buddhism, who seems to have lived between the 5th and 6th centuries CE. His origins are shrouded in mystery, and most of the accounts documenting his life are mixed with legends, making the tracking of Bodhidharma’s pilgrimage from the “Western Regions” (possibly central Asia) a very hard task.
Kami and Musubi are two important terms in Shintoism, with the former meaning God, and the latter meaning, roughly, the power that resides within the Kami and all things on this earth. This power is within all of us, and it ties us together, hence why it is called "Musubi," which literally means "a tie," or "tying together." Because the same power that makes Kamis gods is also in everything and everyone.

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