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Higo-Tsuba

October 04, 2017

Higo-Tsubais a sword-guard that was produced mainly in the Kumamoto and Yatsushiro City areas of the Higo province (Higo was a Japanese province in the former administrative divisions which lasted until late 19c since 8c. It was situated in the area now known as Kumamoto prefecture, located in the Kyushu region of southern Japan).

The tsuba is an important metal fitting between the handle and the blade of a sword. It protects the wielder’s hands from the opponent’s sword. The Higo-Tsuba possesses a beautiful pattern on iron that arises naturally from repeated welding, and boasts an open-work design that makes use of damascening techniques. With these intricate features, the Higo-Tsuba sword-guard is not only widely popular in Japan but also of high artistic value.

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