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Tsuba with design of raised ring and flower piercings

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Signed

Keio sannen hinoto-u kichinichi; On a lucky day in the fifth month of the third, hinoto-u, year of Keio (=1867), Myochin Ki no Munehira saku [Made by Myochin Ki no Munehira] 慶應三年丁卯五月吉日 明珍紀宗平作

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

Japanese, Edo period, 1867

Dimensions

Overall: 7.9 x 7.4 x 0.6 cm (3 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

13.2251

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; decorative technique: hammering, sukashi-bori and takabori

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor