- 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
- Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
- 19th century
- Media category
- Arms & armour
- Materials used
- 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
- Accession number
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.
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.).