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Title

Sword guard ('tsuba') with openwork design of man reading and a bull

19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Tsuba (with pierced design of man reading and a bull sitting next to him in the rocks)


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

19th century


Media category

Arms & armour


Materials used

gold and copper alloy ('shakudo') with gold inlay


Dimensions

0.4 x 6.9 x 6.6 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of George Sherren Johnston 1996


Location

Not on display


Accession number

440.1996



Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 222 (colour illus.).