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Sword guard (tsuba)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is an excellent example of a tsuba from the late activity of the Sunagawa School, with beautiful, modest but sophisticated and refined decoration, with an openwork image of a large pine tree and a bamboo growing next to its trunk. Signed; Sunagawa no; golden kakihan with the marker’s name: Masatada.

History of the Object
With Japanese swords, the warrior’s hand is protected by a shield-like guard called tsuba. Its classic form was developed in the Muromachi period (14th-16th c.). It was a flat shield, usually round or oval in shape, forged by blacksmiths (who also made the blades) and by armourers, decorated with modest ornament. The scarce ornamentation of the earliest tsuba gradually became more and more sophisticated and colorful, sometimes transforming into an elaborate figural scenes, a landscape, depictions of plants and animals, created by using complicated engraving and incrustation techniques.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Iron; ji sukashii open work; marubori carving, gold 
Measurements
Width Diameter: 7,4 cm Height 7,75 cm  
Creator name
Masatada 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan, Sunagawa school 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
Late 18th Century 
Function
Sword guard: with a Japanese sword, the warrior’s hand is protected by a shield-like guard called tsuba. 
Acquisition
Thanks to donations by Henryk Grohman (1939), Mathias Bersohn (1908, deposited from the Zacheta Society of Fine Arts) , Roman Szewczykowski (1918) and Jan Lewiński (1924) the Museum holds a small (117 items, including 76 tsuba from Grohman’s gift) but valuable collection of Japanese swords guards (tsuba). 
Copyright
Copyright Ⓒ National Museum in Warsaw 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum in Warsaw, state property 
Museum
National Museum in Warsaw 
Credit line
Courtesy of the National Museum in Warsaw 

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