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An image of Sword guard ('tsuba') with openwork design of man reading and a bull by
Alternate image of Sword guard ('tsuba') with openwork design of man reading and a bull by

Japan

Title
Sword guard ('tsuba') with openwork design of man reading and a bull
Other titles:
Tsuba (with pierced design of man reading and a bull sitting next to him in the rocks)
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
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
Accession number
440.1996
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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