Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Openwork (Sukashi) Design
This is a iron antique handguard (tsuba) with openwork (sukashi) design of ying/yang symbol (mitsudome) into the iron of plate. It was likely made by an armorsmith (katchushi) or associated blacksmith during the early of the Edo Period circa the early to mid-17th Century. The handguard has an applied iron rim that is raised above the surface of the plate.
The handguard measures 7.0 cm (2.8 inches) wide by 7.2 cm (2.9 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 poor. The surface of the tsuba fire damaged and has been scarped clean with areas of no natural patina. A joint of the applied iron rim has been exposed due to the heat of the fire.
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