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Tsuba with design of Kannon

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Inscription

Shinto gotetsuren; Forged from five layers of Shinto iron 神道五鐵錬

Signed

Myôchin Shikibu Ki no Munesuke 明珍式部紀宗介

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

Japanese, Edo period, Early 19th century

Dimensions

Overall: 8.3 x 8 x 0.4 cm (3 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.2231

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; surface treatment: etching; other metals: copper sekigane, shakudo plugs; decorative technique: engraving

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor