Ishiguro Masayoshi / Sword Guard (tsuba) / 19th CenturyIshiguro Masayoshi
Sword Guard (tsuba)
19th Century

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Creator Name: Masayoshi, Ishiguro
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Inscribed by
Creator Dates/Places: 1772-after 1851
Creator Name-CRT: Ishiguro Masayoshi
Title: Sword Guard (tsuba)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1899
Creation Date: 19th Century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: Shakudo, gold, shibuichi, copper
Dimensions: 2 7/8 x 2 5/8 in. (7.3 x 6.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 36.120.79
Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936

Tsuba were originally utilitarian fittings, made to protect the hand from the cuts of an opponent's sword. From the sixteenth century onward, however, more decorative tsuba became the specialty of some craftsmen. By the nineteenth century, when this tsuba was made, there were many well defined schools and styles of tsuba making. Tsuba were interchangeable and were often made as part of sets of matching sword fittings, which could be mounted with blades of various types and dates.

AMICA ID: MMA_.36.120.79
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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