Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
This one has the early, peaked form and is signed by its maker.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
Tetsugendo school. Round plate with discoid cross-section, chiseled with dragons.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
Made of wood, with a silver ornamental fitting of remarkable workmanship.
Of domed shape with upturned rim and indigo cotton lining.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
Collected by American anthropologist Melvyn Goldstein in the 1980s.
Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".
Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
The famous tiger faced rattan shield as used by Chinese skirmishers.
Adjusted for use on a Japanese sword.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
The work nice and crisp, the execution has a naturalistic charm to it.
A classic Japanese ship tsuba with a motif called “kazeh
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty
What are today known as "Ezo fittings" are a style of Japanese sword mount
A fairly unusual piece, of eight-lobed design.
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form w
The archetypical Chinese sword guard of the 17th century.
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Nanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
A purely Chinese guard and not a very ornate one, converted for Japanese use.
An early type of Korean soldier's helmet.
Of a type worn among others by the Valiant Cavalry.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.