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tsuba (sword guard)
  • Sai-roku ?
    active: Japan
  • tsuba (sword guard), 1850, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • iron
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.2308

Roughly diamond shaped piece of metal (tsuba sword guard) with three holes in the center. The metal is dark brown and rust colored and has rounded edges and sides that slightly slope inward. The hole in the center is shaped like a triangle with a square on top. There are engraved lines on the metal which radiate around the center and Japanese characters on either side of the central hole. The two other holes, one on either side, are shaped like kidney beans.