Iron Openwork Sword Handguard (Sukashi Tsuba) with Brass and Silver Inlays
This is an iron openwork handguard (sukashi tsuba) with brass and silver dot inlays. It was likely made during the mid Edo Period (~1670-1770 CE) by an artist of the Kyō-Shōami School based in Kyōto. The openwork design is of bamboo leaves. The brass and silver inlays consisting of just dots representing dew drops on the bamboo leaves.
The handguard measures 6.7 cm (2.7 inches) wide by 7.1 cm (2.8 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.4 cm (0.2 inches) thick and is of uniform thickness overall. The handguard is unsigned. Overall the condition is very good with the loss of a few of the brass and silver inlays.
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