Tsuba (sword guard) with bas-relief of two dragons
Anonymous artist: (Hizen – Namban style (Jakushi school))
The sword guard is decorated in gold inlays and a bird motif. The dragon is the only mythological animal of the Asian zodiac; it is a traditional symbol of magic powers and imperial majesty.
depth 7,6 cm
Sukidashibori and suritsuke zōgan
Collection of Asian and African Art
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