Canton ship tsuba overall

77.8 x 75 x 4.7 mm


101 grams


Iron, gold, copper


Canton, China

For the Japanese market


18th or 19th century

Price €300, -

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Among Nanban tsuba there is a genre that is best described as "Asian export sword guards," and among those, there is a distinct group that was made in China, for the Japanese market. The production center was most likely Canton.

For more information, see my article: Nanban tsuba, a Canton group.


This example

With the characteristic lingzhi mushroom elements in the center, surrounded by pierced openwork with fine openwork with nine undercut elements. The designs feature a tiny water dragon at the top with its characteristic split tail. Water dragons are auspicious, lesser dragons of Chinese mythology. 

At the bottom is a ship with two people wearing high, wide-brimmed hats. They may represent Dutch or Koreans.

The rim is not beaded as is usually the case, but it has two finely chiseled dragons around its circumference.

It has a copper insert in the tang opening, indicating it had been fitted to a sword.

A rarer type, cheap because of its condition.


Canton ship tsuba


Canton ship tsuba rim


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In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries


Chinese work for the Japanese market.


Canton work for the Japanese market, with 28 metal balls in separate compartments.


Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.


Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.


Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.