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Tsuba depicting the Chinese generals Kuan Yü and Ch'ang Fei

Glossary (2)

sentoku, tsuba

  • sentoku

    A kind of brass made from an alloy of copper, zinc, and tin.

  • tsuba

    Japanese sword guard.


    • currently in research collection

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

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

    Low-relief modelling with iroye incrustation and partial openwork, depicting the famous Chinese generals Kuan Yü (Japanese Kwanu) and Ch'ang Fei (Chōhi) in a rocky hollow to right, the former standing while the other sits reading a scroll; near by is a small cascade, and another hollow in the rock forms the kodzuka-hole; at the back are their two horses and the gnarled trunks of three big trees. Signed: Kōto no jū ("resident of Yedo") Fuji [Japanese text] Kōzui [Japanese text]. (This is perhaps Murota Kōzui, younger brother of Murota Kwanzui I, said to have been a pupil of the founder.)

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