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An unpublished catalogue of the A. H. Church collection of Japanese sword-guards (tsuba) by Albert James Koop.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

  • Literature notes

    Rough surface; negative silhouette piercing of three sprays of Myriophyllum, a water-plant with whorls of six linear leaves.

    This guard therefore belongs to Group XII(a).
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (Aki province) (place of creation)
    17th century (1601 - 1700)
    Shōami Gotō (died second half of the 17th century) (armourer)
    style of Shōami School (active 1601 - 1909) (armourer)
    style of Kyō-Shōami (possibly active 1601 - 1909) (armourer)
    Material and technique
    iron, with ito-sukashi decoration (‘thread-piercing’ openwork)
    7.7 x 7.7 cm (height x width)
    Material index
    Technique index
    Object type index
    No. of items
    Credit line
    Bequeathed by Sir Arthur H. Church, 1915.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Koop, Albert James, The A. H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba), 3 vols (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 1929), no. 595



  • tsuba

    Japanese sword guard.


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