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Round tsuba in the form of a shippō diaper, with Luck Objects

Glossary (3)

sentoku, shippō, tsuba

  • sentoku

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

  • shippō

    Lit. ‘Eight Treasures’ – cloisonné

  • 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)

    In the form of a unit from the interlacing circle diaper known as shippō, the usual karahana device in the centre giving way to the sd. and rh.; the small circles at the intersections are filled with lavender enamel; the top left spandrel is omitted and its outer profile represented by a length of chain (imitated); the existing spandrels all have slender raised borders and show, in low relief enriched with champlevé enamel, various of the Luck Objects on grounds of fine punctuate ishime; the inner compartment on each face has a surface of double (concentric) nanako.

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