The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.