Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Fittings maker:
Inscribed by Ishiguro Masayoshi (Japanese, 1772–after 1851)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), copper
Dimensions:
H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); W. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); thickness 5/16 in. (0.8 cm); Wt. 5.4 oz. (153.1 g)
Classification:
Sword Furniture-Tsuba
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number:
36.120.79
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
This tsuba features a design of bamboo amid rocks.
Signature: Signed: Jingakusai Ishiguro Masayoshi Kizamu (carved by Jingakusai Ishiguro Masayoshi).
Howard Mansfield, New York City (until 1936; his gift to MMA).
Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 193, ill.

Ogawa, Morihiro. Japanese Swords & Sword Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston: The Museum, 1987. nos. 240, 245 (sword furniture signed by the same artist).

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Summer, 1991), pp. 62–64, ill.

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