A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
The elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China fro
While the Chinese are hailed for inventing gunpowder and the
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.