Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Autumn Flowers and Grapes
This is a antique handguard (tsuba) made of the copper-gold alloy (shakudō) made for a long sword (katana). It was likely made by either the Gotō or Mino Schools during middle to late Edo Period (~1750-1868 CE). The rim of handguard is nicely worked above the textured surface of the plate and inlayed with many gold and silver inlays. The design of the handguard is of Autumn flowers and grapes.
The handguard measures 7.0 cm (2.8 inches) wide by 7.8 cm (3.1 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.4 cm (0.2 inches) thick. The handguard was unsigned by the artist. The condition is excellent.
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