Place of Origin: Japanese, Edo Period
Date: 18th-19th century
A Japanese openwork Bushu tsuba (sword guard), with beautiful dark brown patina. All iron, modelled in the form of a stout horse, his head bowed and one front leg raised. Excellent detailing of his facial features, mane and tail. A twisting rein extending from the bridle to the tail. Complete in wooden storage box. An almost identical example is pictured by Murtha P.16 & p.17.