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Namban Tsuba


A tsuba classically referred to as Namban (southern barbarian),  As per James McElhinney: probably Nagasaki work. This design, Takarabune (Shichifukujin treasure-ship) is ubiquitous, but I believe this guard dates to the late 18th - early 19th c. C. R. Boxer illustrates one of these guards in his paper European Influence on Japanese Sword-Fittings (Japan Society, London, 1931), disparaging it as shiiremono. A similar piece which I owned was rather finely done. This leads me to believe that it was a popular design, copied by different makers of differing skill.  7.31 cm x 6.96 cm x 5.6 mm.                        $145

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