Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Iron, gold, silver, copper | 8.1in | 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. Adrian H. Joline, 1914
Object: 14.60.22

Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019
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