Sword guard (Tsuba) Depicting Bodhidharma (達磨図鐔)

Iron, gold, silver | 8.3in | 18th century

Unknown Artist

The individual elements of the hilt of a Japanese sword are unique in the history of edged weapons in that they are intended to be seen both as funtional parts of the sword and as independent works of art. The most prominent of these elements is the ...
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