Iron Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Design in High Relief
This is a small handguard (tsuba) made of well forged iron (tetsu) made for a dagger (tantō). The design is carved in high relief of two cranes along a stream bank in the mountains. There a few dot inlays are made of gold, silver, and copper very tastefully done. It was likely made during the late Edo Period circa 1770-1868 CE by an artist of the Saga Kaneie School located in Hizen Province modern day Saga Prefecture. The handguard shows remarkable workmanship and detail. It is being listed on consignment sale by a private collector.
The handguard on the front side is signed by the artist (Kaneie Yamashiro Kuni Fushimi Jū 金家山城國伏見住). It measures 5.4 cm (2.1 inches) wide by 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.4 cm (0.2 inches) thick. The condition of this antique handguard is excellent.
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