Antique Iron Handguard (Tsuba)
This is a Japanese sword handguard (tsuba) made of forged iron. The bold simple openwork design is abstract, and characteristic of handguards made in Higo Province. The craftsmanship of this handguard is fine. It has been fitted with two soft metal spacers (sekigane) of the copper-gold alloy (shakudō). Its likely dates from the late Edo Period circa the early to mid-19th century.
This handguard (tsuba) is unsigned by the artist who made it. It measures 7.5 cm (2.9 inches) wide by 7.7 cm (3.0 inches) high. It is 3.0 mm (0.12 inches) at the rim and is of uniform thickness. The condition of the handguard is in a restored but stable state. It has had major rust damage to the surface in the past that resulted in minor pitting to the surface and the loss of much of its gold inlays that were once applied to the surface. The natural patina of the iron has been restored and a wax layer applied to prevent the formation of new rust.
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