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Tsuba with double-gourd plants

Glossary (3)

cloisonné, sentoku, tsuba

  • cloisonné

    Decorative technique in which wires are attached to a metal body and coloured enamels are applied between the wires.

  • sentoku

    A kind of brass made from an alloy of copper, zinc, and tin.

  • tsuba

    Japanese sword guard.


    • currently in research collection

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

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

    Thin; pierced with two double-gourds in negative silhouette, the smaller below, the other above and to the left; the latter is plugged with sentoku nanako; the gourd-vine itself is rendered in champlevé enamel on each face, the leaves and stems dark green, the two flowers white, with gold-cloisonné enamel red for the centre of one; irregular ishime ground.

    W. L. Behrens Collection, no. 1656, plate XXVIII.

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