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Tsuba

Tsuba

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    brass with copper, silver and gold relief

  • Museum number:

    M.456-1916

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This hand guard for a sword, tsuba, is made of brass, with copper and silver decoration. It bears the image of a wolf on a battlefield by moonlight, with a human skull and other bones round about.

Physical description

Hand guard (tsuba) for a sword, brass with copper, silver and gold relief depicting a wolf on a battlefield.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

brass with copper, silver and gold relief

Marks and inscriptions

Signed Ooka Masataka

Dimensions

Length: 8.51 cm approx., Width: 7.87 cm approx.

Descriptive line

Hand guard (tsuba) for a sword, brass with copper, silver and gold relief depicting a wolf on a battlefield, signed Ooka Masataka, Japan, ca.1850.

Materials

Brass; Copper; Silver; Gold

Techniques

Relief

Subjects depicted

Wolf; Skull; Battlefield

Categories

Arms & Armour

Collection

East Asia Collection

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