Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Openwork (Sukashi) and Gold Inlays
This is an iron antique handguard (tsuba) with an openwork (sukashi) design of a flower cut into the iron of plate. It also has gold inlay around the openwork design. It was likely made by an armorsmith (katchushi) or associated blacksmith during the middle to late Edo Period circa the early 18th to early 19th Centuries. The handguard has a raised applied rim that is above the surface of the plate. The central opening of the handguard has later been modified so that is could be mounted on a wooden practice sword (bokken).
The handguard measures 7.2 cm (2.9 inches) wide by 7.5 cm (3.0 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.6 cm (0.2 inches) thick. The handguard was unsigned by the artist. The overall condition is good. The only issue is the loss of some of the gold inlays.
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