Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Iron, copper, copper alloy (sentoku) | 9.5in | Early 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: Rogers Fund, 1924
Object: 24.129.5

Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019
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