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Sword guard /tsuba/ with a gold landscape and architectural design
MNK VI-5880
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The very refined work in the decoration shows a landscape with fortification around a castle, houses, pavilions, a bridge and pine-trees. It is inlaid with gold of two hues and almost completely covers both sides of the tsuba, including the rims.

History of the Object
Although in Feliks Jasieński’s collection of books, presently in the custody of the Cracow Museum, there are numerous auction catalogues among which are catalogues of the Barboutau, Bing, Burty, Gillot and Hayashi collections, it is impossible to associate them with specific works of the Jasieński collection on the basis of short descriptions of individual items.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
wrought and polished iron, openwork, patina, nunomezogan gold inlay 
Measurements
Width 7.2 cm. Height 7.2 cm.  
Creator name
Shoami School 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan; Awa Province 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
17th Century -18th Century 
Function
Tsuba guards were important balancing elements in swords, but above all they protected the hand from blows of an enemy sword. 
Acquisition
Donated by Feliks Jasieński in 1920. Feliks Jasieński (1861-1929) was a Polish collector, connoisseur, critic and music lover, and an outstanding personality. His interests in art and music, as well as his personal intellectual and social qualities, brought him close to the artistic elite of Paris, the capital of art. Feliks Jasieński donated about 15,000 art objects from the Far and Middle East, Poland and other European countries to the National Museum in Cracow. Japanese art was represented by approximately 6,500 items, including paintings, sculptures, fabrics, kimonos, obi sashes, lacquerware, ceramics, enamelware, bronzes, dyeing stencils, decorative art objects, arms and armours. 
Copyright
The National Museum in Krakow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Romanowicz, Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Krakow, Zofia Maria Alber (1924-1999), and Maria Dzieduszycka - Former Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Krakow 
Owner
The National Museum in Krakow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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