A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeho” (風帆) or “b
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mounts that are character
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form with designs carved i
A large imported "Canton" sword guard with paired dragons chasing a jewel.
The import of foreign sword guards like those from China into Japan through maritime trade gave rise
The Japanese kusarigama is a variation of the gama, a scythe-like weapon that was likely inspired
A Japanese volume from the 唐土訓蒙圖彚 or "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Things Chinese", it was publi
Japanese sword fittings that exhibit foreign influence are today commonly classified as nan
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.