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Tsuba with inscription

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Inscription

The virtuous warrior never dies 善戦者不死

Signed

Yamashiro no kuni Umetada Mitsushige [Umetada Mitsushige of Yamashiro Province.] 山城國埋忠光重

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-18th century

Dimensions

Overall: 9.1 x 9.1 x 0.4 cm (3 9/16 x 3 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.2542

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold; copper sekigane; decorative technique: zogan

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor