Sword guard (Tsuba) Depicting Icefish Between Seaweed (藻に白魚図鐔)

Iron, gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), copper | 7.5in | c. 1615-1868

Unknown Artist

The plate of this tsuba shows a coarse spiral forging structure which represents running water. On the bottom right of the obverse, a shibuichi icefish (Japanese: shirauo, 白魚) and seaweed is inlaid, and apart from two small branches of seaweed, the r...
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