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Basic Information

Accession Number:1930M754
Collection:Applied Art - Asian
Date:1740 - 1760

Maker Information

Maker:Akao 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 in positive silhouette with a praying mantis and a cartwheel.

Presented by Sir Charles Hyde Bt.

Further Information

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


Diameter:74 mm