Tsuba in the form of two overlapping oak leaves


  • Title

    Tsuba in the form of two overlapping oak leaves

  • Artist/maker

    Umetada Kirokurō (active 2nd half of the 18th century) (armourer)
    Umetada School (active 16th century - 19th century) (armourer)
  • Associated place

    Japan (Hagi) (place of creation)
  • Date

    2nd half of the 18th century
  • Material and technique

    iron, with traces of gold nunome-zōgan decoration

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  • Dimensions

    8.4 x 8.7 x 0.5 cm (height x width x depth)
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  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Dame Jemima Church, in accordance with the wishes of her Husband, Sir Arthur H. Church, 1929.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

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  • Catalogue text

    Irregularly lobed outline, formed by two leaves of oak with delicately modelled venation, overlapping above and below and embracing the seppadai and the trefoil kozuka-hole; remains of gold nunome edge the distal section of each leaf.

    Signed: Chōshū Hagi no jū ("resident of Hagi in Nagato province") Umetada Kirokurō [Japanese text] (in cursive).

    Japan Society's Loan Ehibition, London, 1905, no. Q.36.

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