Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Gold Inlays
This is an iron antique handguard (tsuba) with openwork (sukashi) design of a cherry blossom cut into the iron of plate. It was likely made by an armorsmith (katchushi) or associated blacksmith during the late of the Muromachi Period circa the mid-16th Century. The handguard has much of its original black lacquer remaining on its surface with gold inlays of tree branches applied much later during the Edo Period in a Higo style. The handguard has a raised and applied hollow rim.
The handguard measures 7.2 cm (2.9 inches) wide by 7.4 cm (3.0 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.5 cm (0.2 inches) thick. The handguard was unsigned by the artist. The overall condition is good with just some minor loss of the gold inlays and damge to the openwork design.
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