Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Iron, copper alloy (yamagane), copper | 7.6in | 16th 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: Funds from various donors, 1946
Object: 46.122.12

Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019
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