A Nanban-style tsuba
Edo period (17th century)
Canton style pierce-carved with scrolling vines and Chinese figures playing horns and leading a dog, the highlights in gold, a rectangular seppa-dai with a wavy flourish
With Hozon Tosogu (Sword fitting worthy of preserving) certificate no. 461426 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (The Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), dated 2010.11.10.
2 7/8in (7.3cm) high