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Tsuba with plum blossoms, pine needles, and dewdrops

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shakudō, tsuba

  • 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)

    The lower two-thirds of each face is occupied by a score or so of plum-blossoms treated in many different ways, in relief and incrustation of gold and silver, with some inlay of pearl-shell; amongst them are scattered pine-needles in copper and tinted gold, and silver dots for dewdrops.

    A piece of exceptionally fine workmanship, bought at Ishiguro (according to the MS. Catalogue, although I have been unable to identify this place-name). Curiously enough, it might quite conceivably by Ishiguro work (Group LI), the name here being, of course, a surname.

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