A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
A masterpiece of the genre. The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron.
Made in the 16th century, for the warrior monks of the Hozo-in temple in Nara.
Made of iron, shaped as a gourd, with silver overlay.
Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.
Canton work for the Japanese market, with 28 metal balls in separate compartments.
Chinese work for the Japanese market.
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
With the swirling arabesque motifs that are typical for this period.
Very finely carved with designs reminiscent of export wares.
One of his classic designs, signed by the maker.
Pierced and chiseled showing an 18th century European vessel.
Unusual tsuba with foreign figures and Chinese auspicious symbols.
Of pierced iron, elaborately cut with lotus petal border.
Very delicate work with carved guardian lions.
Carved out of copper alloy with details highlighted in gold.