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Tsuba with design of the hakke (ba gua)

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Inscription

Nanbantetsu o motte kore o kitaeru 南蛮以鉄鍛之

Signed

Unsigned [Forged using Nanban steel]

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

Japanese, Edo Period, Late 17th–early 18th century

Dimensions

Overall: 9 x 9 x 0.4 cm (3 9/16 x 3 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.2247

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; surface treatment: amida-yasurime; other metals: gold; copper sekigane; decorative technique: ito-sukashi, zogan

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor