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Tsuba (sword guard)


Length: 7.100 cm

Bequeathed by Sir A.W. Franks

Asia JA TS244

    Tsuba (sword guard)

    From Mino Province, Japan
    Edo period, 17th century AD

    This tsuba is made of shakudō with gold and silver inlay on an nanako ground. It has a lively design of seasonal flowers and grasses and deer. It was possibly made by a member of the Gotō family who developed the use of shakudō and were the official metalworkers working for the Ashikaga (1338-1573) and later the Tokugawa shoguns (1600-1868).

    L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)

    L. Smith and V. Harris, Japanese decorative arts from (London, The British Museum Press, 1982)


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