Sword Guard with dead trees design

Kamiyoshi Rakujyu the 3rd1817/1884

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

This sword guard is considered to have been created by the 3rd head of the Kamiyoshi school, Rakuju (1817-84), based on the style of the work.
Rakuju studied the great master Hayashi Matashichi’s works and obtained the techniques of nunomezogan (cloth-weave inlay) and openwork. He then became so great craftsman that he was called the second Matashichi.
This circular-shaped sword guard has an openwork design resembling a silhouette of two pine trees. On the iron surface, a gold inlay pattern of dead trees is depicted. The abstract pattern of the dead trees is reminiscent of Matashichi’s work.


  • Title: Sword Guard with dead trees design
  • Creator: Kamiyoshi Rakujyu the 3rd
  • Date Created: 1817/1884
  • Rights: IDETA Collection/Kumamoto prefectural Museum of Art

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