Pair of Tsuba Sword Guards

Pair of Tsuba Sword Guards
for Daisho Pair of Long and Short Swords
With design of fighting warriors
Signed “Soten of Hikone in Omi Province”
By Kitagawa Soten
Edo period, 18th century
Gift of Ii Family

The tsuba sword guard is decorated with raised designs of figures and waves embellished with gold inlay. Soten was a highly acclaimed goldsmith from Hikone, who excelled in the kind of techniques employed in this example. Other surviving works also display similar exuberance.

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