Iron Handguard (Tsuba) with Openwork Design
This is antique handguard (tsuba) made of forged iron. It was mounted and used on a short sword (wakizashi). It was by the very prolific Shōami School sometime during the mid to late Edo Period circa the 18th to mid-19th centuries. The positive openwork design (ji-sukashi) is that of a Paulownia flower and vines. The sun is represented stylishly as cross-bars in the upper right portion of the handguard. One of the accessory holes is nicely plugged with polished pieces of copper-gold alloy (shakudō).
The handguard measures 6.8 cm (2.7 inches) wide by 7.1 cm (2.8 inches) high. It is 6.1 mm (0.2 inches) thick at the rim and is of uniform thickness throughout. The condition is excellent for its age.
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