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Sword Guard (Tsuba)

A tsuba is a sword guard and part of a sword mounting. It is mounted between the sword’s blade and grip to protect the user’s hands.

Credit: Gift of Bashford Dean, 1919 ...
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Possibly 17th century
Iron, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Permanent collection