Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Browse: 1 object

Reference URL


Send e-mail

Contact us about this object

Send e-mail

Send to a friend

Tsuba with reeds, willow, and a spider

Glossary (3)

nunome-zōgan, shakudō, tsuba

  • nunome-zōgan

    Decorative application of metal sheeting (generally of gold or silver) where the iron ground is first cross-hatched and the metal burnished on.

  • shakudō

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

  • tsuba

    Japanese sword guard.


    • currently in research collection

Objects are sometimes moved to a different location. Our object location data is usually updated on a monthly basis. Contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular object on display, or would like to arrange an appointment to see an object in our reserve collections.


Publications online

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

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

    Each face with a few irregular groups of rounded hollows; on the front a floating willow-leaf in incrustation of shakudō with gold-inlaid venation and gold nunome back; on it is a gilt spider; at the back broken reeds by a stream in faint modelling touched with gold nunome; four-sided kōgai-hole; rim half silver, half shakudō.

    Signed: Bōshū Iwakuni no jū ("resident of Iwakuni in Suō province") Kataoka Tadayuki [Japanese text].

    Compare the next [EAX.10308].

© 2013 University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum