Tsuba with plants, butterflies, and chariot-wheels


  • Title

    Tsuba with plants, butterflies, and chariot-wheels

  • Artist/maker

    Umetada Shigeyoshi (active 17th century) (armourer)
    Umetada School (active 16th century - 19th century) (armourer)
  • Associated place

    Japan (Yamashiro province) (place of creation)
  • Date

    17th century (1601 - 1700)
  • Material and technique

    iron, with nunome-zōgan decoration in metals including copper, and iro-e zōgan (multi-metal inlay) decoration

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  • Dimensions

    8.5 x 8.6 x 0.5 cm (height x width x depth)
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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

    Large oblong ryōhitsu with bilobate cusps at the outer angles; each face with very low-relief modelling and iro-e zōgan incrustation or nunome (parts of four chariot-wheels, chrysanthemums, susuki grass, and three butterflies).

    Except for the wheels, which are in true incrustation, the decoration appears to be in thick nunome, some of it copper, an unusual metal to be so treated.

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