Round tsuba with swastikas

Details

  • Title

    Round tsuba with swastikas

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    17th century (1601 - 1700)
  • Material and technique

    iron, with hira-zōgan (flat inlay) in brass wire

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    7.6 x 7.6 x 0.5 cm (height x width x depth)
  • No. of items

    1

  • 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

  • Accession no.

    EAX.10157

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  • Catalogue text

    Covered to near the edge with fine brass wire inlay of a closed swastika diaper (different on each face) outwardly bordered by a circle and inwardly by the seppadai outline (which is oblong with re-entrant angles).

    The inlay, although revealing the sunk grooves proper to the true hira-zōgan where the brass has come away, has at the same time a curious nunome look and the ground in several places shows a fine horizontal hatching. This, coupled with the unusual outline of the seppadai, inclines one to class the guard as Hizen work (Group XXXI).

Glossary of terms

tsuba

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