Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Openwork (Sukashi) Designs
This is an antique handguard (tsuba) made of smooth very well forged iron. There are remnants of light gold fabric style inlays (kin-zōgan) on both sides of the handguard. The openwork (sukashi) is that of twin rain hats (kasa). The raised rim was applied as a separate piece of iron with a hollow in construction characteristic of older iron tsuba made by armorsmiths. It is sized to fit a large battlefield sword (o-daichi) with no accessory holes.
The handguard is likely the work of an armorsmith (katchūshi) circa the late Muromachi Period (early to mid-16th Century). The handguard comes from the collection of Robert E. Haynes and is featured in his auction catalogs published from 1981-1984.
The handguard measures 8.7 cm (3.4 inches) wide by 9.0 cm (3.5 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.4 cm (0.2 inches) thick. It was unsigned by the artist. The condition of this antique sword handguard is excellent.
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