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.
Seiryūken Eiju dragon tsubaTetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
Wan-gata tsuba by KunihiroIts outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Cast iron compass rose guardA peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Chinese lòukōng sword guardThe archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Qing openwork saber guardA very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Chinese hùshǒu with lantsa scriptA Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
Chinese sword guards in JapanThe Chinese saber guard is called dāo hūshǒu (刀護手), or hùshǒu pán (護手盤) in Chinese. This literally translates to "saber handguard" or "disc handguard". At some point, the Japanese got quite a taste for them. Over the years a number of them have turned up from Japanese sources that exhibit alterations that indicate they were used by Japanese on their swords.
"South China Sea Guard"Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Asian export sword guard
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that were made with a mu
Iron ship sword guardA chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
Sinhalese export sword guardA large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Asian export sword guardsSword guards that were made across Asia, specifically with export in mind.
Ono school ship tsuba
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeho” (風帆) or “b
Fine Canton-style export sword guard
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them, were modeled after
"Love of Lotus" Korean guard
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty small and often exhi
Asian export disc guardThe design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
Ezo style tsuba
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mounts that are character
A Japanese nanban style tsuba
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form with designs carved i
Converted Chinese guardA purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
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.