Aoi gata tsuba with foreigners
Dimensions

75 x 72 x 5.3 mm

Weight

114 grams

Materials

Iron, gold, silver

Origin

Chinese workers in China or Nagasaki

Dating

17th or 18th century

Provenance

Imported from Japan

Price €2000, -

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Introduction

Among nanban tsuba and Asian export sword guards, there is a clearly distinct group of sword guards that are typically rather well made, and usually show foreigners mixed with Chinese subjects. They are either of aoi-gata (hollyhock form) or circular to oval, with beaded rims.

I believe these were made in China, or at least by Chinese craftsmen, for the Japanese market. There is also a possibility they were made in the sizeable Chinese community in Nagasaki Chinatown.

Sword guards with foreigners

A group of sword guards that are clearly from this school.

 

This example

 

Aoi gata tsuba with foreigners
Aoi gata tsuba with foreigners
Aoi gata tsuba with foreigners
Aoi gata tsuba with foreigners
Aoi gata tsuba with foreigners
Aoi gata tsuba with foreigners
Aoi gata tsuba with foreigners

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