Tsuba (sword guard): Omori Hihachi and Raijin - ROM2005_1576_17


Tsuba (sword guard): Omori Hihachi and Raijin

Medium:Wrought and engraved iron or steel
Geography: Japan
Date: 18th-early 19th Century
Period: Edo period
7.7 x 7.7 cm
Object number: 974X15.14
On view
Gallery Location:Prince Takamado Gallery of Japan
DescriptionWith the emergence of the warrior class during the Heian period (794 - 1192), the sword served as both the promise and delivery of the samurai's spirit as a warrior. By the 11th century, the long, characteristically curved, single-edged blades familiar today had become the norm. After the start of the Momoyama period (1573 - 1603) swords were reserved for the exclusive use of the samurai class. Upper rank samurai commissioned elaborate mounts and fittings for their treasured blades.
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