Tsuba with characters representing the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac

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  • Title

    Tsuba with characters representing the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

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

    iron, with cut and filed openwork decoration; tang-hole plugged with soft metal, probably copper

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    7.4 x 7.1 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

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EAX.10676

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  • Catalogue text

    A ring of 12 seal characters, being the names of the animals of the Chinese zodiac, running counter-clockwise.

    A similar guard in the Victoria and Albert Museum has large plug-holes of semicircular shape at the ends of the tang-slot. Compare No.692 [EAX.10692].

Glossary of terms

tsuba

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