An image of Sword guard ('tsuba') with openwork design of man reading and a bull

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Sword guard ('tsuba') with openwork design of man reading and a bull

Other titles:
Tsuba (with pierced design of man reading and a bull sitting next to him in the rocks)
Location
Not on display
Further information

By the time these pieces were made in the Edo period (1615-1868), members of the warrior class were engaged more in administrative work than in combat. The sword and its accessories had become more symbols of status than weapons of war.

'Sword accessories', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.222.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
19th century
Media
Arms & armour
Medium
gold and copper alloy ('shakudo') with gold inlay
Dimensions
0.4 x 6.9 x 6.6 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of George Sherren Johnston 1996
Accession number
440.1996