Aori-shaped tsuba with sea shells and flying birds


  • Title

    Aori-shaped tsuba with sea shells and flying birds

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1850
  • Material and technique

    obverse: copper, with iro-e zōgan (multi-metal inlay) decoration
    reverse: copper, with katakiri engraving (oblique chisel-cuts)

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  • Dimensions

    8.7 x 8.1 x 0.3 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.

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  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

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  • Catalogue text

    Aori; in bold iroye incrustation on the front are a number of sea-shells, two small birds flying (chidori), and two distant sails; at the back, in a few lines of katakiri, is a big wave with breaking crest and a group of [Figure] forms above to represent calmer water. Signed: Yasuchika with kakihan [Japanese text]. (Perhaps Yasuchika VI, about 1850).

    This guard and the previous [EAX.10955] come periously near to being classed with the flamboyant type of export guard made during the '70s and '80s of last century to please a supposed Western taste.

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