Sword Guard with Design of the Folding Fan

Unknown17-19th century

Fukuoka City Museum

Fukuoka City Museum
福岡市早良区百道浜3-1-1, Japan

Sword guard used to be a utility to protect fists in a battle but it gradually started to appear as a craft with an open-work or inlay. ln Edo period,it reflected the ever-lasting peace of the period and it became more and more exquisite and splendid.The exquisiteness or the design of a sword guard which decorates a hilt showed the owner's sense or social status as inro or netsuke did.


  • Title: Sword Guard with Design of the Folding Fan
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 17-19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w8.1 x h8.1 cm
  • Type: Sword fitting
  • External Link: http://museum.city.fukuoka.jp/

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