Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Iron, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper | 6in | Possibly 17th 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 Bashford Dean, 1919
Object: 19.154.2

Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019
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