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Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Fittings maker:
Inscribed by Ishiguro Masayoshi (Japanese, 1772–after 1851)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), copper
Dimensions:
H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); W. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); thickness 5/16 in. (0.8 cm); Wt. 5.4 oz. (153.1 g)
Classification:
Sword Furniture-Tsuba
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number:
36.120.79
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
This tsuba features a design of bamboo amid rocks.
Signature: Signed: Jingakusai Ishiguro Masayoshi Kizamu (carved by Jingakusai Ishiguro Masayoshi).
Howard Mansfield, New York City (until 1936; his gift to MMA).
Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde. Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 193, ill.

Ogawa, Morihiro. Japanese Swords & Sword Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston: The Museum, 1987. nos. 240, 245 (sword furniture signed by the same artist).

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer, 1991). pp. 62–64, ill.



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