Tsuba (circular)

Japanese


Tsuba (circular), 17th century, Edo Period, 1615-1868

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Iron

Gift of F. Karel Wiest, 1982.69

This tsuba, which includes the bat, dragon, tiger, rat, ox, snake, would probably have been one of a matching pair. The other tsuba would have included the remaining six animals of the zodiac (i.e. hare, monkey, ram, dog, boar, cock). The wings of the bat form a circular shape of the tsuba.

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