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Round tsuba with flowers and scrolls

Glossary (3)

cloisonné, shakudō, tsuba

  • cloisonné

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

  • shakudō

    alloy of copper and gold, patinated to a dark blue-black colour

  • 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)

    Square centre set anglewise within the narrow border, the four spandrels each fret-pierced with the same symmetrical scroll design; on each face the square is inlaid with gold wire in a checker of four by four, with various diapers, some in gold-cloisonné enamel; the "Hirata curl" is also included; edge inlaid in the same techniques with detached scrolls and conventional devices; sd. and trifoliate kodzuka-hole outlined with gold wire; small trifoliate kōgai-hole pierced later, without bordering.

    Attributed (like the enxt two [EAX.11173 and EAX.11174]) by Sir Arthur Church to Hirata Narihisa, IIIIrd Master, d.1671.

    Ernest Hart Collection, no.204; then Lucas Collection.

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