Sword guard /tsuba/ with a gold landscape and architectural design

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Japan
AD 17th century ~ AD 18th century
  • Type
    Weaponry
  • Materials
    wrought and polished iron, openwork, patina, nunomezogan gold inlay
  • Measurements
    Width 7.2 cm. Height 7.2 cm.
  • Creator name
    Shoami School
  • Creator date
    Unknown
  • Where it was made
    Japan; Awa Province
  • Time period
    AD 17th century ~ AD 18th century
  • Creation date
    17th Century -18th Century
  • Function
    Tsuba guards were important balancing elements in swords, but above all they protected the hand from blows of an enemy sword.
  • Acquisition
    Donated by Feliks Jasieński in 1920. Feliks Jasieński (1861-1929) was a Polish collector, connoisseur, critic and music lover, and an outstanding personality. His interests in art and music, as well as his personal intellectual and social qualities, brought him close to the artistic elite of Paris, the capital of art. Feliks Jasieński donated about 15,000 art objects from the Far and Middle East, Poland and other European countries to the National Museum in Cracow. Japanese art was represented by approximately 6,500 items, including paintings, sculptures, fabrics, kimonos, obi sashes, lacquerware, ceramics, enamelware, bronzes, dyeing stencils, decorative art objects, arms and armours.
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