While the Chinese are hailed for inventing gunpowder and the
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
The elite of the Qing dynasty was Manchu, who before taking over China fro
Private collection. Not for sale.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
A beautiful signed Japanese ferrule and pommel plate.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.
A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
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".
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.