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Asian Export Tsuba

Eight-lobed openwork tsuba

Description

A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.

Lobed guards

Lobed guards

A set of two interesting guards of unusual form.
Foreign inspired canton

Two pierced guards

Japanese designs derived off "canton tsuba".
Exotic sword guards logo

Set of sword guards in relief

Products of Asian maritime trade in the 17th-18th centuries.
Asian export sword guards logo

Nanban tsuba & Asian export sword guards

For 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.
Nanban tsuba with christian orb

A nanban tsuba with Christian orb

A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.

Japanese nanban tsuba

A nanban tsuba

A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.