Iron Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Openwork (Sukashi)
This is large iron handguard (tsuba) with an elaborate openwork (sukashi) design of a Bush Warbler in a Plum Tree (Ōshukubai). It was likely made by a mid-generation of the Akasaka School in the capital Edo circa the middle Edo Period (~1670-1770 CE). The openwork design itself was first developed by the Hayashi School of Higo Province and was later frequently copied by the Akasaka School.
The handguard measures 7.7 cm (3.0 inches) wide by 8.2 cm (3.2 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.5 cm (0.2 inches) thick. The handguard was unsigned by the artist. Overall the condition is execellent.
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