Iron Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Brass and Silver Inlays
This is an iron handguard (tsuba) with extensive brass and silver inlays. It was likely made during the late Edo Period (~1770-1868 CE) by an artist of the Kumagai School based in Edo. The inlaid design is of three rain hats with straw robe ties on the front side and two rain hats on the reverse side. Silver crosshatching inlays are applied to the rain hats and along both sides of the raised rim in a zigzag design that represent cedar wickerwork (ayasugi).
The handguard measures 7.5 cm (3.0 inches) wide by 8.1 cm (3.2 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.3 cm (0.1 inches) thick. The handguard is unsigned. Overall the condition is very good with some loss to the brass inlays.
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