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Sword guard

"South China Sea Guard"

Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Kiyou Toujin tsuba

Kiyou-Toujin Tsuba

A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Nanban steel tsuba

Tachi tsuba of nanban tetsu

A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
Aviz tsuba

House of Aviz tsuba

A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Korean guard

A Korean sword guard

Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
Asian export sword guard

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 guard

Iron ship sword guard

A chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
Asian export sword guard

Sinhalese export sword guard

A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Ship tsuba

Classic Choshu ship tsuba

The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
Ono school ship tsuba

Ono school ship tsuba

Description

A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeho” (風帆) or “b

Canton style sword guard

Fine Canton-style export sword guard

Introduction

Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them, were modeled after

Korean love lotus guard

"Love of Lotus" Korean guard

Description

Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty small and often exhi

Asian export sword guard

Asian export disc guard

The design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
Ezo style tsuba

Ezo style tsuba

Introduction

What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mounts that are character

Asian Export Tsuba

Eight-lobed openwork tsuba

Description

A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.

Japanese tsuba

A Japanese nanban style tsuba

Description

An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form with designs carved i

Lobed guards

Lobed guards

A set of two interesting guards of unusual form.
Canton guards

Two Canton tsuba

Of forms derived from Chinese prototypes.
Foreign inspired canton

Two pierced guards

Japanese designs derived off "canton tsuba".
Chinese loukong

Chinese openwork (loukong) saber guard

The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
Exotic sword guards logo

Set of sword guards in relief

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

Asian Export sword guard

A large imported "Canton" sword guard with paired dragons chasing a jewel.

Unusual dragons tsuba

Unusual dragon tsuba

The import of foreign sword guards like those from China into Japan through maritime trade gave rise

Duke of yellow rock tsuba

Duke of yellow rock guard

This guard, at first sight, appears very Japanese in overall style, theme, and execution.

Chinese guard logo

Converted Chinese guard

A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one.

Asian export sword guard

Asian export sword guard

Description

Iron tsuba with raised motifs and a separate rim.

Asian export sword guard

Chinese export sword guard

An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.

Nanban tsuba with christian orb

A nanban tsuba with Christian orb

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

Asian export sword guard

Asian export sword guard

A robust Chinese or Vietnamese sword guard of rare form, probably imported into Japan by Dutch or Chinese merchants.
Japanese nanban tsuba

A nanban tsuba

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