Nanban tsuba #3 | Mandarin Mansion

Nanban tsuba #3

Height & width: 70 x 69mm
Thickness: 6mm
Weight: 91 grams

Origin: Japanese-made, inspired by Chinese design.
Materials: Iron, gold.
Proposed dating: Probably late 18th to 19th century.
Use: Never been mounted.

A beautiful example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba. It features two dragons chasing the pearl of wisdom in foliage. The dragons are very well articulated and the scrollwork deeply undercut on several places. The center plate for the tang aperture is worked with a wave pattern that is also common on Tibetan and Bhutanese work. Purely Japanese sword guards are never decorated there because the part, when mounted, is hidden by washers or seppa. That this Japanese-made guard does have them perhaps indicates that it was not meant to be mounted, but rather appreciated on its own.

A beautiful Japanese-made guard that was based on Chinese saber guards of the 17th century. Comes with depicted hand made wooden box for storage and display.

€ 450,-

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