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Mokkō-shaped tsuba with cherry flowers and snow heaps

Glossary (3)

nunome-zōgan, shakudō, tsuba

  • nunome-zōgan

    Decorative application of metal sheeting (generally of gold or silver) where the iron ground is first cross-hatched and the metal burnished on.

  • shakudō

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

    Bold mokkō; narrow border joined to the sides of the seppadai by two curved square bars, thus ) ( [see Fig. 12], forming four open compartments, the upper and lower each partly filled by half of a large double-cherry-flower with gold nunome centre, its petals edged with squares of foil (compare the laquer technique kirikane); in each side compartment is a representation of a snow-heap, with dots, lines and groups of radiations in gold wire nunome; border and edge with portions of linear diapers in the same.

    For the design, compare a guard in the Furukawa Collection, no.103, signed by a Bushū artist.

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