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Tsuba with design of stylized birds

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Shoami Matajiro Chutei 正阿弥又次郎 中貞 開山

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: 7.2 x 7.2 x 0.4 cm (2 13/16 x 2 13/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.2365

Medium or Technique

Main material: yamagane; surface treatment: cross-hatching; other metals: copper sekigane; shakudo plug; decorative technique: sukashi-bori

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor