Tsuba


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Tsuba

 

artistically the most noteworthy part of a Japanese battle sword. The tsuba protected the hand and corresponded to the European sword guard. It was usually a round or oval plate with narrow openings in the center. Beginning in the 13th century tsubas were decorated with carved openwork and inlay.

REFERENCE

Sasano, M. Early Japanese Sword Guards (Sukashi Tsuba). Tokyo-San Francisco, 1972.
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