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)
- 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: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
- 19th century
- Arms & armour
- gold and copper alloy ('shakudo') with gold inlay
- 0.4 x 6.9 x 6.6 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Gift of George Sherren Johnston 1996
- Accession number