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Lenticular tsuba with takaramono, or precious things

Glossary (4)

kozuka, shibuichi, takaramono, tsuba

  • kozuka

    The handle that holds the small knife called the kogatana.

  • shibuichi

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

  • takaramono

    A Japanese lucky charm, or treasure.

  • 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)

    Lenticular; in very flat or sunk relief, with engraving and iroye incrustation, are various of the Luck Objects (Takaramono); on the front; shippō, store-house key, bowl of three tama, hat and cloack of invisibility, Daikoku's mallet, a money-bag, fundō and chōji; at the back, Hotei's treasure-sack, a bale of rice, and two bundles of noshi; "cat-scratched" copper-gilt plug to kodzuka-hole. Signed: Sekijōken Motozane [as EAX.11010].

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