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Tsuba

Tsuba

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ichinomiya Nagatsune (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, inlaid with gold, copper and shakudo

  • Museum number:

    M.954-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

It is rare to find a sword guard of such pure silver as this. The Bugaku theatre mask of Ryo-o the Dragon King on this example (which is detailed and inlaid with gold, copper and alloy is similar to the two Bugaku masks in the V&A's collection (W.516-1922 and W.518-1922).

Physical description

It is rare to find a tsuba of such pure silver as this. The overall design of the Bugaku mask of Ryo-o on this tsuba, inlaid with gold, copper and shakudo, is similar to that of the actual Bugaku mask in the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Ichinomiya Nagatsune (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, inlaid with gold, copper and shakudo

Dimensions

Height: 8.9 cm, Width: 8.2 cm

Categories

Arms & Armour

Collection

East Asia Collection

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