The stunning design of our Miniature Tsuba and Green Serpentine Necklace is based on a piece from the Museum’s broad collection of magnificent tsuba in the Department of Arms and Armor. Tsuba was originally envisioned as a practical and protective instrument that would protect the hand from slipping down from the grip of a sword onto its blade. From the sixteenth century onward, however, the creation of tsuba evolved into an art form itself where more decorative pieces were being crafted. By the nineteenth century, there were many established schools and styles of tsuba making. Tsuba were interchangeable and were often made as part of a set of matching sword fittings, which could be mounted with blades of various types and dates.
18K gold overlay, with serpentine beads with mini flower and crane medallions. Matte finish. Hand-knotted. Hook and eye closure. Adjusts from 19''L to 21''L with an extender chain.