Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Inlay Designs
This handguard (tsuba) has inlay designs using different soft metals such as sliver, gold and copper-gold alloy (shakudō). The design is likely taken from history. The scenic view is continued on the reverse side of the handguard. It is made of forge iron and sized to fit a short sword (wakizashi). It was made during late Edo Period circa early to mid-19th Century, likely by the Aizu Shōami School.
The handguard measures 6.8 cm (2.7 inches) wide by 7.2 cm (2.8 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.3 cm (0.1 inches) thick. The handguard is unsigned by the artist who made it. the condition is excellent with no damage seen to any of the inlays.
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