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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1670-1700 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Iron with engraved brass relief

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This tsuba is of a rounded aori shape which is decorated in engraved brass. It depicts an eagle in bold relief holding a monkey in it's talons, as well as the stem and foliage of a fine tree. The ground contains faint striations radiating from the centre called amida-yasuri.

Physical description

Hand guard (tsuba) for a sword, iron with engraved brass relief of eagle and monkey.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


ca. 1670-1700 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Iron with engraved brass relief


Length: 7.24 cm approx., Width: 6.99 cm approx.

Object history note

In style of Shimizu Jingo of Higo province, ca. 1670-1700

Descriptive line

Hand guard (tsuba) for a sword, iron with engraved brass relief of eagle and monkey, Japan, ca. 1670-1700.


Iron; Brass


Engraving; Relief

Subjects depicted

Monkey; Foliage; Eagle


Arms & Armour


East Asia Collection

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