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Mokkō-shaped tsuba with reeds and a crescent moon

Glossary (3)

shakudō, shibuichi, tsuba

  • shakudō

    alloy of copper and gold, patinated to a dark blue-black colour

  • shibuichi

    alloy of copper and silver, patinated to a dull grey-green colour

  • tsuba

    Japanese sword guard.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The A.H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba) by Albert James Koop

    The A. H. Church Collection of Japanese Sword-Guards (Tsuba)

    Faint mokkō, with gently hammered-up edge; above is the cresent moon in gold, partly veiled by clouds in flat relief; below, in incrustation of shibuichi and gold, is a reed-plant, continued on the back, where there are also clouds below and two small flying birds (chidori) in shakudō, gold and silver.

    Signed eactly as the last [EAX.10306], except that the date is "early summer" (fourth month) of the same year.

    De Ath Collection. This and the previous guard [EAX.10306] are of very modern character, influenced by the fine work of the Ichijō School (Group XXXIVc).

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