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Tsuba with design of moon and stars

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Signed

Bunkyu san mizunoto-i sangatsu; In the third month of the third, mizunoto-i, year of Bunkyu (=1863), Myochin Ki no Muneyoshi saku, with a kao [Made by Myochin Ki no Muneyoshi] 文久三癸亥三月(花押) 明珍紀宗吉作

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

Japanese, Edo period, 1863

Dimensions

Overall: 7.9 x 7.4 x 0.2 cm (3 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.2246

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; decorative technique: sukashi-bori and sukidashi-bori

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor