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Tsuba- From Samurai warrior to status symbol

Published on Monday, 28th March 2022

​​​​​​​Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery 2 April 2022 – 8 May 2022

As the largest fitting on a Japanese sword, the sword guard or tsuba offered the designer and metalsmith a convenient area upon which to express his skill and ingenuity.

Working with a local collector, the Museum is creating its first ever exhibition of these Samurai artefacts. The display will focus on Japanese sword guards, which are called tsuba in Japanese.  These are the part of the sword that protects the holder’s hand from the blade. The exhibition will show their decorative development from the warring period to more peaceful times. Designs range from the portrayal of war and myths to depictions of animals and plants.

The Museum is open Tuesday 10.30am to 4.30pm, Wednesday 10.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday (downstairs and tearoom only) 10.30 - 4.30pm, Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday 10.30 - 4.30pm. FREE admission but donations welcome.