Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Iron, gold, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), copper, silver | 7.1in | Possibly 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: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Object: 36.120.156

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