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The A. H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba)

An unpublished catalogue of the A. H. Church collection of Japanese sword-guards (tsuba) by Albert James Koop.

The A.H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba) by Albert James Koop

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Tsuba with Chinese sage and figures in a landscape

  • Literature notes

    Bioconcave; fine modelling and rich iroye incrustation; on the larger guard [EAX.10909], two Chinese woodcutters and a boy with laden ox crossing a bridge over a stream; distant hills, trees, pagoda, crescent moon, etc.; on the other [EAX.10910], a mounted Chinese sage with man and boy attendant, trees and distant hills. Signed: Tōto ni oite (“at Tōkiō”) Hakuō [Japanes text] Ichijō saku.
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    1868 - 1876
    Material and technique
    iron, with iro-e zōgan (multi-metal inlay) decoration; kōgai-hole plugged with soft metal, probably shakudō
    7.7 x 7.3 cm (height x width)
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    Bequeathed by Sir Arthur H. Church, 1915.
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  • Further reading

    Koop, Albert James, The A. H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba), 3 vols (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 1929), no. 910

Glossary (2)

shakudō, tsuba

  • shakudō

    alloy of copper and gold, patinated to a dark blue-black colour

  • tsuba

    Japanese sword guard.


    • currently in research collection

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