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tsuba

Object / Artefact › Applied Arts and Design
  • Other titles
    sword guard (descriptive name)
  • Description
    tsuba, signed
    steel circular disc, openwork design of seashells alternating direction, gold detailing around rim, kogai and kozuka holes filled in with lead and decorated, gold inlay around rim, nakago hole has been maintained with copper

    Tsuba (sword guards) were used to protect the sword wielder's hands from sliding onto the blade. They are usually finely decorated, incorporating traditional motifs and designs and made from a variety of metals, such as iron, steel, brass or shakudo - an alloy of copper and gold.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    M937
  • Accession date
    Unknown
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  • Item count
    1
  • Record richness
tsuba, M937, Photographed by Andrew Hales, digital, 06 Sep 2016, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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