Tsuba

The metal hand guard on a Japanese sword or dagger, often finely decorated. See kodogu.

tsuba

(from the article `metalwork`) ...defensive armour, but from the 15th century the sword became the centre of attention. The blade is not properly part of the subject of this ...
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tsuba

Early tsuba, known as neri tsuba, were of leather in an iron or wooden frame which was sometimes lacquered for strength and stability. Later in the Muromachi period (1392-1572) when tsuba became an industry separate from sword manufacture, the iron tsuba evolved. Its primary purpose was still to balance/defend; however, inscriptions of buddhist pra...
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TSUBA

Sword guard.
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TSUBA

Sword guard.
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Tsuba

Sword guard.
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Tsuba

Japanese sword guard. Worn on daisho (paired long and short sword), fitted over the blade; often elaborately decorated. A motif sometimes used on men's clothing
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