Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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tsuba (sword guard)
  • Yashinitsu
    active: Japan
  • tsuba (sword guard), circa 1700s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • iron, gold, silver alloy
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.2391

Tsuba with wisteria (vines and flowers) and kiri blossom motifs. The blossoms of both types of flowers are picked out in patinated shibuichi (copper-silver alloy), while inlaid gold forms the curling vines.