Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Tsuba

Tsuba

  • Place of origin:

    Okayama (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hakayama, Saburodayu (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Iron with brass plugs and inlaid brass

  • Museum number:

    M.203-1921

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 1

The tsuba is a protective guard fitted between the hilt and the blade of a sword. Originally they were simple iron disks, sometimes decorated by piercing or hammering in low relief. Later sword guards were more often made of copper alloys, patinated to a wide range of colours and inlaid with other coloured metals. Sword guards became miniature art forms, and different schools of makers developed their own unique styles.

Physical description

Hand-guard (tsuba) for a sword, iron with brass plugs pierced to depict various heraldic badges and inlaid brass depicting waterweed. Signed made by Hakamaya Saburodayu of Okayama in Bizen province.

Place of Origin

Okayama (made)

Date

ca. 1600-1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Hakayama, Saburodayu (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Iron with brass plugs and inlaid brass

Marks and inscriptions

signed made by Hakamaya Saburodayu of Okayama in Bizen province

Dimensions

Diameter: 8.26 cm approx.

Descriptive line

Hand-guard (tsuba) for a sword, iron with brass plugs pierced to depict various heraldic badges and inlaid brass depicting waterweed. Signed made by Hakamaya Saburodayu of Okayama in Bizen province, yoshiro-zogan type, ca.1600-1650.

Labels and date

The tsuba is a protective guard fitted between the hilt and the blade of a sword. Originally they were simple iron disks, sometimes decorated by piercing or hammering in low relief. Later sword guards were more often made of copper alloys, patinated to a wide range of colours and inlaid with other coloured metals. Sword guards became miniature art forms, and different schools of makers developed their own unique styles. [04/11/2015]

Production Note

Yoshiro-zogan type

Materials

Iron; Brass

Techniques

Piercing; Inlay

Subjects depicted

Heraldic motifs; Water weed

Categories

Metalwork; Arms & Armour

Collection

East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.