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Tsuba with design of chrysanthemums and flaming jewels

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Shoami Shigekatsu tantetsu o motte saku nari [Made by Shoami Shigekatsu using forged steel] 正阿弥重勝以鍛鐵作也

Provenance

Purchased from Chikami Kiyoomi, former governor of Kagoshima, by Okakura Kakuzo

Credit Line

Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

Japanese, Edo period, mid-late 18th century

Dimensions

Overall: 8.1 x 7.9 x 0.3 cm (3 3/16 x 3 1/8 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.2376

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold and silver; shakudo plugs; decorative technique: nunome-zogan, sue-mon

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor