The import of foreign sword guards like those from China into Japan through marit
This guard, at first sight, appears very Japanese in overall style, theme, and ex
The katar is made of wootz steel and comes from Bikaner.
An interesting South Indian style katar with an imported European blade.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one.
Used to move imperial orders from the emperor’s quarters to the recipient.
Of the Western Buryats, living near the shores of Lake Baikal.
A large example of a type called sang.
The Manchu rulers of the Qing dynasty (1644 - 1912) originated in northeas
An English rifle that was built around an 18th-century Ottoman barrel of the finest quality.
Iron tsuba with raised motifs and a separate rim.
A robust Chinese or Vietnamese sword guard of rare form, probably imported into Japan by Dutch or Chinese merchants.