Sword Handguard (Tsuba) with Openwork (Sukashi) Designs
This is an antique handguard (tsuba) made of forged iron. It has twin large abstract openwork (sukashi) designs. It is sized to fit a long sword (katana). The handguard is the work of the Myōchin School of armorsmith located in Bushū Province where Edo is located circa the middle Edo Period early to mid-18th Century.
The handguard measures 7.4 cm (2.9 inches) wide by 8.1 cm (3.2 inches) high. The rim of the handguard is 0.5 cm (0.2 inches) thick. It is signed by the artist (Myōchin saku 明珎作) (Bushū jū 武州住). The condition of this antique sword handguard is excellent. It has been authenticated with a written appraisal deeming them to be of good quality and worthy of historical preservation by the Japanese Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai).
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