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Aviz tsuba

House of Aviz tsuba

A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Korean guard

A Korean sword guard

Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
Kiyou Toujin tsuba

Kiyou Toujin tsuba (崎陽唐人鐔)

Japanese style sword guards made by Chinese craftsmen in Nagasaki.
Asian export sword guard

Asian export sword guard

An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that were made with a mu

Iron ship sword guard

Iron ship sword guard

A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
Asian export sword guard

Sinhalese export sword guard

A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Asian Export Sword Guard

Asian export sword guards

Sword guards that were made across Asia, specifically with export in mind.
Canton style sword guard

Fine Canton-style export sword guard

Introduction

Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them, were modeled after

Korean love lotus guard

"Love of Lotus" Korean guard

Description

Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty small and often exhi

Asian export sword guard

Asian export disc guard

The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
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.
Canton guards

Two Canton tsuba

Of forms derived from Chinese prototypes.
Foreign inspired canton

Two pierced guards

Japanese designs derived off "canton tsuba".
Exotic sword guards logo

Set of sword guards in relief

Products of Asian maritime trade in the 17th-18th centuries.
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

Duke of yellow rock tsuba

Duke of yellow rock guard

This guard, at first sight, appears very Japanese in overall style, theme, and execution.

Nanban futakoromono

Nanban kogai & kozuka set (futakoromono)

The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Nanban kozuka

A nanban kozuka / kogatana

Description

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

Asian export sword guards logo

Nanban tsuba & Asian export sword guards

For long, "nanban tsuba" literally "Southern barbarian sword-guards" have been a catch-all classification for sword guards for Japanese swords (tsuba), that show foreign influence.
Asian export sword guard

Asian export sword guard

Description

Iron tsuba with raised motifs and a separate rim.

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.