H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); W. 2 5/16 (5.8 cm); thickness 1/8 in. (.3 cm); Wt. 1.3 oz. (36.9 g)
Gift of Bashford Dean, by exchange, 1906
Not on view
This tsuba comes from a burial mound (kofun) in Shioda, in the Japanese province of Bizen, and is one of the earliest sword guards to survive from Japan. It was part of the exchange of objects between the Imperial Museum (later the Tokyo National Museum) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was arranged by Bashford Dean in 1905–6.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department," October 2, 2012–October 13, 2014.
Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916. p. 11, ill.
Rivkin, Kirill, and Brian Isaac. A Study of the Eastern Sword. Mankato, U.S.: Dr. Kirill Rivkin, 2017. pp. 47–49, fig. 23.b.
Artist: Attributed to the Hirata School (Japanese, Edo period)Date: ca. 1615–1868Medium: Copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, enameled cloisonné (shippō), copperAccession: 43.120.692On view in:Gallery 378