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Tsuba

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Iron decorated with gold

  • Museum number:

    M.194-1916

  • 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

Iron, oval sword guard, tsuba, with pearled gilt edge. Pierced with a symmetrical design of two dragons and pearl amid scrolled stems heightened with thick gold overlay.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Iron decorated with gold

Dimensions

Length: 7.5 cm, Height: 7.2 cm

Descriptive line

Met, Japan, SF, Kagonami

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]

Materials

Iron; Gold

Subjects depicted

Dragon; Pearl

Categories

Arms & Armour

Collection

East Asia Collection

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