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


This tsuba features a design of bamboo amid rocks.