By the time these pieces were made in the Edo period (1615-1868), members of the warrior class were engaged more in administrative work than in combat. The sword and its accessories had become more symbols of status than weapons of war.
'Sword accessories', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.222.
Place where the work was made
shakudo with copper and gold inlay
0.8 x 3.3 x 1.7 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of George Sherren Johnston 1996
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 222 (colour illus.).