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Kiyou Toujin tsuba

Kiyou-Toujin Tsuba

A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Nanban steel tsuba

Tachi tsuba of nanban tetsu

A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
Aviz tsuba

House of Aviz tsuba

A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Hisayuki fuchi kashira

Fuchi kashira by Hisayuki

A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Ship tsuba

Classic Choshu ship tsuba

The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
Ono school ship tsuba

Ono school ship tsuba

Description

A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeho” (風帆) or “b

Ezo style tsuba

Ezo style tsuba

Introduction

What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mounts that are character

Asian Export Tsuba

Eight-lobed openwork tsuba

Description

A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.

Japanese tsuba

A Japanese nanban style tsuba

Description

An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form with designs carved i

Lobed guards

Lobed guards

A set of two interesting guards of unusual form.
Foreign inspired canton

Two pierced guards

Japanese designs derived off "canton tsuba".
Asian export sword guard logo

Asian Export sword guard

A large imported "Canton" sword guard with paired dragons chasing a jewel.

Unusual dragons tsuba

Unusual dragon tsuba

The import of foreign sword guards like those from China into Japan through maritime trade gave rise

Nanban futakoromono

Nanban kogai & kozuka set (futakoromono)

The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A Japanese kusarigama

A Japanese kusarigama

The Japanese kusarigama is a variation of the gama, a scythe-like weapon that was likely inspired

Chinese encyclopedia

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Things Chinese, 1719

Description

A Japanese volume from the 唐土訓蒙圖彚 or "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Things Chinese", it was publi

Nanban kozuka

A nanban kozuka / kogatana

Description

Japanese sword fittings that exhibit foreign influence are today commonly classified as nan

Chinese guard logo

Converted Chinese guard

A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one.

Asian export sword guard

Chinese export sword guard

An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.

Nanban tsuba with christian orb

A nanban tsuba with Christian orb

A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.

Asian export sword guard

Asian export sword guard

A robust Chinese or Vietnamese sword guard of rare form, probably imported into Japan by Dutch or Chinese merchants.
Japanese nanban tsuba

A nanban tsuba

A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.