Lenticular tsuba with chrysanthemum flowers and leaves


  • Title

    Lenticular tsuba with chrysanthemum flowers and leaves

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    possibly 1834
  • Material and technique

    iron, with ito-sukashi decoration (‘thread-piercing’ openwork), and gold nunome-zōgan decoration

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  • Dimensions

    7.5 x 7.2 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

    Slightly lenticular; two chrysanthemum flowers in negative silhouette piercing, and a leaf in sunk flat relief on each face (identical design, reversed, in the same relative position); each leaf is touched with gold nunome in three places.

    A guard in similar style, signed by the same artist and dated for 1834, is quoted by Hara as being in the Zuckerkandl Collection, Gleiwitz.

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