Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Openwork (Sukashi) and Brass Inlays
This is an iron antique handguard (tsuba) with abstract openwork (sukashi) cut into the iron of plate. The brass inlays are in the design of grass and grapes. It was likely made by the Ko-Shōami group during the Azuchi-Momoyama Period circa late 16th to early 17th centuries. The handguard has an applied iron rim that is raised above the surface of the plate.
The handguard measures 8.0 cm (3.2 inches) wide by 7.6 cm (3.0 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.6 cm (0.2 inches) thick. The handguard is unsigned by the artist who made it. The condition for this antique sword handguard overall is good but with one area of significant loss of brass inlay on obverse side of the tsuba (see first photograph).
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