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Tsuba

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1930M952
Collection:Applied Art - Asian
Date:1740 - 1760

Maker Information

Maker:Nara School - View history

Notes

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, such as this one, and those pierced with an overall design, these are sukashi or pierced tsuba. Sentoku (a type of brass) tsuba, carved in the form of a coiled rain dragon.

Presented by Sir Charles Hyde Bt.

Further Information

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

Dimensions

Diameter:70 mm