Chrysanthemum crane Tsuba, 17th century
A Japanese sword guard fitted between the hilt and blade, the tsuba is typically a highly decorative object. This pierced tsuba bears traditional Japanese imagery of the crane, a symbol of longevity and good fortune, surrounded by the chrysanthemum flower, also representative of longevity, as well as rejuvenation, and found on the Imperial Seal of Japan. Such traditional objects inspired Western decorative motifs, particularly in the Aesthetic movement, after Japanese ports opened in 1853.
This object was
George Cameron Stone.
It is credited
Bequest of George Cameron Stone.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 8.5 × 83.2 × 5.2 cm (3 3/8 × 32 3/4 × 2 1/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Chrysanthemum crane Tsuba, 17th century; Japan; iron, shakudo (a soft copper and gold alloy); H x W x D: 8.5 × 83.2 × 5.2 cm (3 3/8 × 32 3/4 × 2 1/16 in.); Bequest of George Cameron Stone; 1936-4-314
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.