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Tsuba (sword guard)
CBL J 608
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A number of sword fittings accompanied the blade, including the tsuba, the metal guard that protected the hand. The tsuba was pierced with one wedge-shaped hole to admit the sword blade, and often with one or two smaller holes for a smaller dagger and skewer.

History of the Object
The samurai sword was the symbol of the warrior’s status in Japan.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Iron with shakudo (alloy of copper and gold) rim and cloisonné enamel insets 
Measurements
7,5 cm. diam. 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Sword guard 
Acquisition
Purchased privately, probably in 1917 
Copyright
(c) Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Chester Beatty Library  
Museum
The Chester Beatty Library 
Credit line
Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library 

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