Katana kodogu (set of Japanese-style metal sword fittings) - 2014

"Ongaonga" kashira (katana butt-cap) by Jamie Fergus - 2014 - Sterling silver, bronze
Ongaonga kashira (katana butt-cap) by Jamie Fergus - 2014 - hand-carved sterling silver, bronze
Ongaonga kashira (katana butt-cap) by Jamie Fergus - 2014 - hand-carved sterling silver, bronze
Ongaonga kashira (katana butt-cap) by Jamie Fergus - 2014 - hand-carved sterling silver, bronze
Katana fuchi. Panoramic view from Godley Head on Banks Peninsular, looking west. showing Kahukura butterfly flying above Te Tihi o Kahukura. Lyttelton harbour on left. Hand-carved sterling silver, shakudo.
Katana fuchi. Panoramic view from Godley Head on Banks Peninsular, looking east. Kaikoura above right, Lyttlelton harbour on right. Hand-carved sterling silver, shakudo.
Katana menuki, showing ichneumonid wasp (that parasitises the kahukura pupa) above Ongaonga leaf. Hand-carved sterling silver.
Katana fuchi. Panoramic view from Godley Head on Banks Peninsular, looking west. showing Kahukura butterfly flying above Te Tihi o Kahukura. Lyttelton harbour on left. Fuchi: Hand-carved sterling silver, shakudo. Tsuba: mild steel. Seppa: sterling silver.
"Ongaonga" kashira by Jamie Fergus - 2014 - Sterling silver, bronze.

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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).

Private commission.

Written by

Jamie Fergus

9 Aug 2014

Interests Minumental sculpture and adornment.