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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1903M66.20
Collection:Applied Art - Asian
Date:1810 - 1830

Maker Information

Maker:Bushu School - View history


The tsuba or sword-guard, is one of several components that make up the Japanese sword. Socially it has been regarded as the soul of the samurai, not just as a defensive weapon. It has been invested with philosophical qualities and artistry, particularly in peaceful periods. Tsuba can be divided into two groups, those applied with soft metals or carved with pictorial decoration, and those pierced with an overall design, these are sukashi or pierced tsuba such as this one. Iron tsuba, pierced and carved with a Ho-o bird (phoenix) and sprays of paulownia leaves.

Bequeathed by A. Follet Osler.

Further Information

Production Period:Edo Period (1600-1868)
School/Style:Japanese Arms & Armour
Place of Origin:Japan


Diameter:78 mm