Tsuba (sword guard) with motif of prunus

Anonymous artist (the Hayashi school)

Anonymous artist (the Hayashi school) - Tsuba (sword guard) with motif of prunus
The openwork decoration of a prunus twig on this sword guard refers to sakura, a traditional Japanese symbol of transience and the cycle of life. The Japanese most value the sakura at the moment the blossom, in full bloom, is about to fall to the ground, just as the genuine samurai departs from this world fighting at the peak of his strength.
measurements: depth 7,5 cm
material: Iron
technique: Raster, sukashi and jibori sukashi
inventory number: Vu 2049
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art
licence: Creative Commons License public domain