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tsuba (sword guard)
  • Japan
  • tsuba (sword guard), date unknown
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • iron
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.2458
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Tsuba pierced symbols of auspicious treasures, including cloves, a key (hōyaku), a weight, and a magical hat that ensured the wearer’s invisibility.