Tsuba depicting five warriors fighting during the Gempei wars


  • Title

    Tsuba depicting five warriors fighting during the Gempei wars

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1800
  • Material and technique

    iron, with cut and filed openwork decoration, Hikone-bori carving, and iro-e zōgan (multi-metal inlay) decoration; rim with gold nunome-zōgan decoration; tang-hole plugged with soft metal, probably copper

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  • Dimensions

    8.1 x 7.8 cm (height x width)
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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

    A pair of guards, each with episodes from the Gempei wars (Japan, 12th century); on the larger are five warriors fighting amongst rocks and pine-trees; on the other [EAX.10791], Kajiwara Kagetoki escapes from his four Taira pursuers by hiding in a hollow tree, the flight of two doves from which (only one is here shown) is assumed by them to prove that their quarry is not there; specially made tang-hole plugs; border gilt in nunome.

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