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Asian Export Tsuba

Eight-lobed openwork tsuba

Description

A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.

Lobed guards

Lobed guards

Introduction

Lobed guards are found across Asia, also among Chinese and Japanese guards.

Foreign inspired canton

Two pierced guards

Introduction

Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them, were modelled afte

Exotic sword guards logo

Set of sword guards in relief

Products of Asian maritime trade in the 17th-18th centuries.