Octagonal tsuba with square piercings


  • Title

    Octagonal tsuba with square piercings

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    1st half of the 18th century
  • Material and technique

    iron, with cut and filed openwork decoration plugged with shakudō and copper (formerly gilt); plugs with cut and filed openwork decoration; copper rim, plated with shakudō; gilt copper kozuka-hole rim; tang-hole plugged with soft metal, probably copp

  • Dimensions

    7.8 x 7.5 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • 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.


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  • Catalogue text

    Octagonal; asymmetrically pierced with five square holes, three of them plugged with copper originally gilt, two with shakudō; each plug is pierced with five rows of "dots dashes", all differently combined; copper-gilt lining to kodzuka-hole (the other hole cut later); stout raised rim of copper plated with shakudō, which is worn through here and there, revealing the copper.

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