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Mokkō-shaped tsuba with Indian lotuses and radial striations

Glossary (2)

nunome-zōgan, 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.

  • tsuba

    Japanese sword guard.

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    • 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)

    Mokkō; on the front the sd. is of irregular outline, and from it spring scrolls with "Indian lotuses" in champlevè relief originally covered with gold or silver nunome, the ground filled with unpolished green enamel; the back is plain except for the remains of radiating lines (like Amida-yasurime) in silver wire nunome (covering the sd.). Hirado work.

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