Meiji Period Tsubas

Below is a selection of Meiji Era Tsubas. Soon after Emperor Meiji  came into power samurai were forbid from wearing their katanas in public. As we can see tsubas became more ornamental as the samurais power was at its peak.

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Tsuba with design of Nio and temple gate
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Tsuba in the form of Shoki the Demon-Queller
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Tsuba with design of elephant and flying tengu

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