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Iron sukashi tsuba in the shape of a cross, Japan, Owari 18th century

Iron sukashi tsuba in the shape of a cross, Japan, Owari 18th century


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Forged iron tsuba, rather thick, in the shape of a cross, pierced on each end with an inoshishime (boar’s eye). The decoration of the cross, Christian symbol, is hardly perceivable when the tsuba is mounted on a sword, thus being kakure kirishitan, a hidden Christian, symbol. Owari region, Japan, 18th century.

Diameter 3 in. (7.6 cm).

Fine condition