Japanese sword guards being showcased in exhibition inside Nuneaton Museum

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 5 April 2022

AN EXHIBITION focusing on Japanese sword guards – known as ‘tsubas’ – is taking place at the Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, based inside of Riversley Park, until early May.

Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery (Image: Mason Moore)

The tsuba is a Samurai artefact that forms the part of the sword that protects the holder’s hand from the blade.

A local collector has helped to display these inside of the Museum – and it marks the first ever time that a dedicated exhibition solely for this artefact has been held.

Tsubas offered designers and metalsmiths a convenient area where they were able to express both their skill and ingenuity.

This exhibition shows the decorative development of the tsuba from the warring period to more peaceful times.

And, designs range from the portrayal of war and myths to depictions of animals and plants.

The exhibition started three days ago (Saturday, 2 April) but it will continue to run through to 8 May (Sunday, 8 May).

Museum opening times

The Museum is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

But, on Thursdays, only the downstairs area and tearoom are open.

Admission is free into the exhibition, but donations are welcomed from visitors.

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