Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Inlay Designs
This handguard (tsuba) has inlay designs using different soft metals such as sliver, gold and copper-gold alloy (shakudō). The design is that of scenic mountain view with waterwheel in the foreground. The scenic view is continued on the reverse side of the handguard. It is made of forge iron and sized to fit a short sword (wakizashi). It was made during late Edo Period circa early to mid-19th Century, likely by the Shōami School.
The handguard measures 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) wide by 7.0 cm (2.8 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.3 cm (0.1 inches) thick. The handguard is unsigned by the artist who made it. Overall the condition is good but it does have some active rsut areas on the plate and some minor loss to a few of the gold inlays.
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