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Tsuba

Tsuba

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Iron

  • Museum number:

    M.29-1931

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This hand guard for a sword, known as a tsuba, is made of iron. It is negatively pierced to depict chrysanthemums at the top, a pierced clove flower on the left, and waves at the bottom. Leaves and grass fill out the sides and towards the centre. The decoration is in the Kamakura style.

Physical description

Hand-guard (tsuba) for a sword, iron, negatively pierced depicting chrysanthemums at the top, a pierced clove flower on the left, and waves at the bottom. Leaves and grass fill out the sides and towards the centre.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1550 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Iron

Dimensions

Diameter: 7.49 cm approx.

Descriptive line

Hand-guard (tsuba) for a sword, iron, negatively pierced depicting a clove-flower with crysanthemums, waves and grasses, Kamakura type, Japan, ca. 1550.

Production Note

Kamakura type

Materials

Iron

Techniques

Piercing

Subjects depicted

Clove; Grasses; Crysanthemum; Waves

Categories

Ph_survey; Arms & Armour

Collection

East Asia Collection

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