Sword guard ('tsuba') with openwork design of man reading and a bull
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.
Tsuba (with pierced design of man reading and a bull sitting next to him in the rocks)
Place where the work was made
gold and copper alloy ('shakudo') with gold inlay
0.4 x 6.9 x 6.6 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
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 222 (colour illus.).