Contrary to the catalog description, the motif depicted on this Tsuba is actually the following:
Tsuba with design of the rays from the Sun Goddess Amaterasu shining from her cave retreat while Amenokoyane forces the rock door open. A similar example is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Accession number 11.12036
A tsuba of mokkogata shape with one hitsu, showing a figural depiction in takazogan re-lief on both sides. A waterfall crashing down a cliff and a flamboyantly dressed figure with dense, black hair trying to tear it apart. It is Fudo, the god of waterfalls, who is presumably trying to rescue Endo Morito here – a complex story. Endo had unwittingly murdered his lover Kesa and wanted to repent under a waterfall, during the winter, causing Endo to almost freeze to death. Two companions, one beating the drum framed by flames (mitsudomo-e) and the other playing on a flute. The other side shows a cockerel and a fire.
HEIGHT 7.5 cm
Provenance: German private collection.
Condition: Excellent condition with minor signs of wear.