Tsuba with shikunshi, or Four Noble Plants

Details

  • Title

    Tsuba with shikunshi, or Four Noble Plants

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    18th century (1701 - 1800)
  • Material and technique

    iron border, the holes filled with copper, and with katakiri engraving (oblique chisel-cuts); tang-hole plugged with soft metal, probably copper

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    9.5 x 9.5 cm (height x width)
  • 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.10999

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  • Catalogue text

    Lozenge-shaped with the angles truncated and the sides gently lobed. The original iron guard was no more than a stout border united to the sd. at the sides only by two [Figure] shapes (too small for rh.); signed Bushū no jū Kunihiro [Japanese text] saku (18th century). The large openings thus formed have been (later) filled with copper boldly engraved in katakiri style with the shikunshi or Four Noble Plants, i.e. Plum-blossom, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum and Orchid.

    Hawkshaw Collection, no. 1186.

Glossary of terms

tsuba

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