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Tsuba Shishi Botan Sukashi - T062
This made in Japan Tsuba features a Shishi (a mystical creature close to a lion) and peony trees.
A pair of shishi traditionally stand guard outside the gates of Japanese Shinto shrines and are traditionally depicted in pairs, one with mouth open and one with mouth shut. "A" is the first sound in the Japanese alphabet and is pronunced with the mouth open, while "N" is the last and is pronunced with the mouth closed. These two sounds symbolize the beginning and the end, birth and death, and all possible outcomes in the cosmic order.
The Botan, or peony in English, symbolizes wealth, prosperity, and good fortune. The peony is a potent symbol of beauty, of the fragility and fleeting nature of existence and the knowledge that acquiring great rewards comes only by taking great risks. It symbolizes Samurai's devil-may-care approach to life: live each day as if it may be his last.
- Material: Blackened iron
- Weight: 85.5 g
- Vertical height: 84 mm
- Horizontal width: 79 mm
- Thickness: 3 mm