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Sword Guard (Tsuba) Inscribed by Washida Mitsunaka  (Japanese, born 1829

Sword Guard (Tsuba) Inscribed by Washida Mitsunaka (Japanese, born 1829

Shakudō tsuba with golden chrysanthemums. ca. 1615–1868 Japan.

Shakudō tsuba with golden chrysanthemums. Shakudo technique has a high gold content so is usually confined to small objects like this sword guard

Tsuba with design of tiger-lily, chrysanthemum, Chinese bellflower and other blossoms

Tsuba with design of tiger-lily, chrysanthemum, Chinese bellflower and other…

"Tsuba with a Hawk, Sparrows and Chrysanthemums"  Unno Moritoshi (Japanese, 1834-1896) & Unno Yoshimori (Japanese, 1864-1919). Shibuichi, gold & gilt detail.

Tsuba with a Hawk, Sparrows and Chrysanthemums - Unno Moritoshi (Japanese, & Unno Yoshimori (Japanese, Shibuichi, gold & gilt detail

Antique Japanese Tsuba motif of Chrysanthemums

Antique Japanese Tsuba motif of Chrysanthemums (item detailed views)

Tsuba with design of chrysanthemums and butterflies Late 19th century (before 1890) Okawa Teikan, Japanese, 1828–1898 Mito School, DIMENSIONS Overall: 8.5 x 8.5 cm (3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.) MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE Main material: copper; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold, silver and shakudo; decorative technique: iroe takazogan and katakiri-bori

Tsuba with design of chrysanthemums and butterflies Late century (before Okawa Teikan, Japanese, Mito Main material: copper; other metals: gold, silver and shakudo; decorative technique: iroe takazogan and katakiri-bori

Edo Big Iron Tsuba, Openwork chrysanthemum design is engraved.

Edo Big Iron Tsuba, Openwork chrysanthemum design is engraved.

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