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Tobacco-pouch with design of silk leaves; ivory fittings in the form of the various stages in the life cycle of a silk-moth (Bombyx mori)

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Signed in at least three places Kaigyoku(sai), with seal Masatsugu Silk signed Teika, with a kao 懐玉齋 印 正次; 懐玉 印 正次; 貞華(花押)

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, Late 19th century


Overall: 10.5 x 8 x 4 cm (4 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

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Main material: painted silk; other metals: ivory; wood cord fitting in the form of a leaf; wood ojime with stained ivory stalk




Arms and armor