Sword guard (Tsuba) Depicting Comical Character Hyottoko (火男図鐔)


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The obverse of this tsuba shows the relief of a Hyottoko mask and a broken fan and the reverse a closed fan. Hyotokko is a clown-like Japanese stock character which is potrayed through the use of a mask. He is depicted on this tsuba in the traditional way, i.e. with asymmetrical eyes and wearing a scarf around his head.

Sword guard (<i>Tsuba</i>) Depicting Comical Character Hyottoko (火男図鐔), Iron, copper, gold, Japanese

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