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Tsuba in the form of a temple bell, with an inscription on the bell's power to dispel demons

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Inscription

Bakuchoden no kanamono o motte sakusen; Made using a metal piece from the Bakuchoden 莫朝殿以金物作鐫 風鈴閣 風。。。響金輪。貫悪鬼耳

Signed

Masaaki saku 作

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

Japanese, Edo period, early to mid-19th century (?)

Dimensions

Overall: 6.9 x 5.4 x 0.2 cm (2 11/16 x 2 1/8 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.2474

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor