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Tsuba in the form of a kontengi astrolabe with a moving central section

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Inscription

Gold inscriptions naming the various parts of the astrolabe

Signed

Unsigned 無銘

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

Japanese, Edo period, Late 18th–early 19th century (?)

Dimensions

Overall: 7.5 x 7.5 x 1 cm (2 15/16 x 2 15/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.2335

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold; decorative technique: forging and zogan

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor