Tsuba in the form of the mon of the Kiōgoku, lords of Marugame


  • Title

    Tsuba in the form of the mon of the Kiōgoku, lords of Marugame

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

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

    iron, with cut and filed openwork decoration

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    7 x 7 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.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

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  • Catalogue text

    Square, being a solid representation of the badge nanatsu-wari-kata-yotsume of the Kiōgoku, lords of Marugame; all borders (except those of the seppadai and ryōhitsu) with slender shallow rebate.

    The badge consists of "four eyes" (yotsume) arranged in square form; each "eye" is a voided square, the opening being a square of one-third the width of the other; the spacing is also one-third the width of the eyes; hence the blazoning nanatsu-wari-kata, "seven-divided-shape", because the proportions of this badge are obtained by dividing each side of it into seven equal parts (this is not quite exactly observed in the present guard).

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