Yagami school nanban tsubaThe Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron, known for their 1000 monkey designs.
Three wise monkeys tsubaJapanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Nanban tsuba & Asian export sword guardsFor 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.
A nanban tsuba with Christian orb
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.