Iron Handguard (Tsuba) with Shibuichi Rim Cover and Gold Inlays
This is handguard (tsuba) made of forged iron with a wonderful patina and dark luster. It was made to fit a long sword (katana). The handguard has a smooth polished surface. The design is plain on the plate of the handguard, but the large rim cover made of the copper-silver alloy (shibuichi) with flat gold inlays showing a nice gourd vine and leaf motif.
This handguard is the work of the Shōami School. It was made likely during middle Edo Period circa early to mid-18th century.
The handguard is unsigned by the artist who made it. It measures 8.5 cm (3.4 inches) wide by 8.6 cm (3.4 inches) high. It is 4.0 mm (0.2 inches) thick at the rim including the soft metal cover and is thinner toward the middle. The condition is particularly good with only a minimal loss of some of the gold inlay.
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