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Tsuba

Tsuba

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1894 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Natsuo (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Iron with gold and silver inlay and relief

  • Museum number:

    M.311-1911

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This hand guard for a sword, tsuba, is made of russet iron with a matt surface. It is rounded oblong in shape and modelled in low relief with two wild geese, their markings in silver, and beaks and legs in gold. One of the geese is flying under the moon which is inlaid in silver. Below, there is Suzuki grass which is continued on the reverse, which is encrusted in copper-silver alloy shibuichi and gold.

Physical description

Hand guard (tsuba) for a sword, iron with gold and silver relief depicting two geese, the moon and grasses.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1894 (made)

Artist/maker

Natsuo (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Iron with gold and silver inlay and relief

Marks and inscriptions

Signed carved by Natsuo on a winter's day in 1894

Dimensions

Length: 8.38 cm approx., Width: 7.87 cm approx.

Descriptive line

Hand guard (tsuba) for a sword, iron with gold and silver relief depicting two geese, the moon and grasses, signed carved by Natsuo on a winter's day in 1894, Japan.

Materials

Iron; Gold; Silver

Techniques

Relief; Inlay

Subjects depicted

Geese; The moon; Grasses

Categories

Arms & Armour

Collection

East Asia Collection

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