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tsuba

(ˈtsuːbə)
n
a sword guard of a Japanese sword
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22) Destacaba la espada, cuya posesion estaba restringida a la casta privilegiada de los samurais, Las tsubas o guardas de la espada, piezas muy pequenas, con un diametro no mayor de 11 cms.
The swords and their blades have always been valuable artefacts in their own right - even the sword guards - the tsubas are wonderfully intricate pieces of workmanship often inlaid with gold or silver portraying birds or insects or trees.