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The flat iron plate with quatrefoil design. It has three holes: one for blade (middle) flanked by oval-shape hole (for kougai) and oval with bump shape (for kozuka). Chrysanthemums, autumn grass and a rock are carved on lower-right side; a butterfly is descending toward the flowers. Gold inlays are applied to the flowers, grass, part of the rock, and butterfly. The surface is finely granulated by etching (“ishime-ji”).
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Tsuba (sword guard) with chrysanthemum and butterfly design
18th century
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
1978/2.11

Indonesian
Kris handle in the shape of an ogre
20th century
Gift of Mary T. LaMore in memory of Chet LaMore
1981/2.77
The sword is long and slightly curved; the handle cover is wrapped with black cords, mostly worn out. The round tsuba (sword guard) is made of steel and has two holes. The scabbard is painted with lacquer and has a string for hanging. There is a pair of lion-shaped menuki (fitting) on the handle.
Ietsugu
Sword (original) and later handle, sword guard, and scabbard
1394 – 1427
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic R. Smith
1973/2.87

Indonesian
Kris handle
19th century
Gift of Mary T. LaMore in memory of Chet LaMore
1981/2.78
The sword is long and slightly curved; the metal smith's name is engraved on the metal handle.
Kagemitsu
Sword (13th century) and scabbard (18th century) with design of samurai writing a poem under cherry tree
1299 – 1301
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic R. Smith
1973/2.85
This small, flat metal piece has a quartrefoil shape. Two holes in the middle. Flame-like incision all over the piece. Silver is applied around the center hole.
Artist Unknown, Nabeshima ware, Japan
Tsuba (sword guard) with incised flame design
1567 – 1632
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1966/1.101
This small, flat piece made of light brown brass (called "sentoku" in Japanese) has a round diamond shape. It has a triangular shaped hole in the center and another round hole on one side. Artist’s name is signed between the two holes. The surface is slightly concaved from the rim. The front has relief design of a shrimp, blowfish, and bamboo branch. On the back, there are designs of a spiral shell, a barnacle, and water drops. The sea motifs are inlayed with gold, silver, copper, and shakudô (copper-gold alloy).
Seishinsai
Tsuba (sword guard) with design of blowfish, shrimp and plant
19th century
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
1978/2.3
The flat iron plate with quatrefoil shape and the design of a dragon in midst of clouds. It has three holes: one for blade (middle) flanked by two deformed oval-shape holes (for kougai and kozuka). Around the blade hole, there is the carver’s signature. The design of a dragon, among stylized clouds, is intricately carved in high relief; the dragon has almost three-dimensional quality. On the back, the dragon tail, some parts of the body, one claw are peeking from clouds. The dragon coils around the center holes. The rims of the three circles are wavy, as if they are the part of the cloud design. The stoppers on the blade hole edges are made of gold. Some silver inlays are applied on the dragon’s eye blow and some nails.
Okada Masatoyo
Tsuba (Sword guard) with design of dragon among clouds
19th century
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
1978/2.6
Circular tsuba, made of iron. Inside an exterior circle, eight smaller circles are placed with the same spacing. The eight circles are connected to the exterior circle as well as to the three center holes where kôgai, blade, and kozuka are placed. Each of the eight circles have a different family crests. The openwork technique seen here is called "marubori" (round carving). The surface is slightly textured by minute stippling.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Tsuba (sword guard) with eight family crests
19th century
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
1978/2.7
This small, flat metal piece has a circular shape and an openwork design. It has a triangular shaped sword hole in the center, flanked by two other holes, which are filled with shakudô (copper-gold alloy). The sword hole is mended with gold. Three crests, consisting of pawlownia leaves and flowers, are interconnected with vines. There are some abrasions on the center oval shape around the sword hole. The surface is slightly textured by minute stippling. The outer rim is slightly elevated from the inner design. This openwork carving technique is called "marubori" (round carving).
Kinai School
Tsuba (sword guard) with design of three pawlownia crests and vines
1745 – 1755
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
1978/2.4
Circular tsuba, made of iron. It has two holes in the middle. Two figures, Kanzan and Jittoku, are carved on the lower right corner. Kanzan, who holds a scroll on his hand, and Jittoku, who holds a bloom stick and pointing to the sky, are looking upward. The two figures are carved slightly higher than the surface. On the back, there is the moon partially obscured by clouds. Gold and silver alloy inlays are applied to the moon and the clouds. Gold is also inlayed in their eyes, parts of the garments, and Kanzan's scroll. Shakudô (copper-gold alloy) is inlayed in Jittoku's bloom and his jacket collars.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Tsuba (sword guard) with design of Kanzan (Chinese, Han Shan) and Jittoku (Chinese, Shihde), two Zen eccentrics
1700 – 1732
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
1978/2.5
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