Tsuba (sword guard) decorated with snakes motif and rasterizing

Anonymous artist (Namban school)

Anonymous artist (Namban school) - Tsuba (sword guard) decorated with snakes motif and rasterizing
The sword was not only a weapon, but also a Japanese warrior’s adornment. Its parts and accessories, such as the sword guards, tsuba, small knife, kozuka, hair arranger, kōgai, scabbard end piece, kojiri, handle ornament, menuki, sword hilt cap, kashira, and guard metal collar, fuchi, have always been major examples of Japanese artistic craft.
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measurements: height 6,7 cm
width 7,2 cm
material: Iron, gold, copper
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inventory number: Vu 2092
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art
licence: Creative Commons License public domain