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The A. H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba)

An unpublished catalogue of the A. H. Church collection of Japanese sword-guards (tsuba) by Albert James Koop.

The A.H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba) by Albert James Koop

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Mokkō-shaped tsuba with wisteria and a swallow

  • Literature notes

    Faint mokkō, with gently hammered-up edge; a wisteria vine (continued on the back) and a swallow, in realistic iro-e zōgan incrustation.

    Signed in cursive script: Shōami Katsuyoshi [Japanese text] no tagane ([Japanese text] "chiselled") and dated Keiō IV (1868), midsummer (Fifth month).

    (Compare the next [EAX.10306.a].)
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    Shōami Katsuyoshi (1832 - 1908) (carver)
    Shōami School (active 1601 - 1909) (armourer)
    Material and technique
    iron, with hammered-up edge, and iro-e zōgan (multi-metal inlay) decoration
    8.2 x 7.6 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Bequeathed by Sir Arthur H. Church, 1915.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Koop, Albert James, The A. H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba), 3 vols (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 1929), no. 306



  • tsuba

    Japanese sword guard.


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