Description The four lobes of the tsuba are emphasized by the four gold sections radiating from the center. An incised floral motif decorates the background. If this cross pattern is intentionally reminiscent of the Christian cross, the sword fittings were likely made by or for someone living in southern Japan. Most Japanese Christians converted by missionaries in the 16th century lived on Kyushu and other southern areas of Japan. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters
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