Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Iron, silver, gold, copper | 8.6in | Late 18th-19th 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: Bequest of Edward G. Kennedy, 1932
Object: 33.40.50

Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019
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