Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Copper alloy (sentoku), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), gold, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper | 7.6in | Late 18th century

Unknown Artist

A tsuba is a sword guard and part of a sword mounting. It is mounted between the sword’s blade and grip to protect the user’s hands.

Credit: Gift of Mrs. George A. Crocker (Elizabeth Masten), 1937
Object: 38.25.37

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