Late Warring States Period Sword Handguard (Ko-Kinkō Tsuba)
This is a small handguard (tsuba) likely mounted and used on an early short one-handed sword (uchigatana) used by a mid-ranking foot soldiers during Japan’s Warring States Period circa late 16th Century.
The handguard has a refined copper (suaka) core sandwiched between two sheets of unrefined copper (yamagane) which as a very dark patina. A carved floral pattern on the covering of unrefined copper is of wisteria flowers and vines done in high relief, a circular punch mark texture pattern was also applied to both surfaces identically and is accented with worn gold coloring (iroe).
The handguard measures 6.4 cm (2.6 inches) wide by 6.2 cm (2.5 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.3 cm (0.1 inches) thick. The handguard was unsigned by the artist who made. Overall the condition is very good. Wooden storage box is not included in the sale.
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