Katana kodogu (set of Japanese-style metal sword fittings) - 2014
Kashira [butt-cap] for katana, by Jamie Fergus - 2014 - sterling silver, bronze. H: 50mm. Hand-fabricated from sheet silver, then hand-carved. Last in the set of furniture/metal fittings ["kodogu"] for 3 Canterbury-themed Japanese blades by Scott Sanz. Tanto has Arthur's Pass mountain theme, wakizashi has Canterbury Plains theme; katana [pictured] has Banks Peninsular coastal theme.
Castle Rock, overlooking Christchurch on Banks Peninsular is known locally as "Te Tihi o Kahukura" (The citadel of Kahukura). A kahukura (Red Admiral) butterfly appears on the fuchi of the katana, flying above this spot. The kashira depicts a kahukura pupa on its favoured ongaonga nettle (urtica ferox), while the menuki show the caterpillar stage of the butterfly, and an ichneumonid wasp (that parasitises the kahukura pupa).