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Tsuba with persimmons and bottle-gourd vine

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kozuka, nunome-zōgan, sentoku, shakudō, tsuba

  • kozuka

    The handle that holds the small knife called the kogatana.

  • 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.

  • sentoku

    A kind of brass made from an alloy of copper, zinc, and tin.

  • 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)

    Almost square, the corners rounded and hammered up; thin and slightly crumpled; polished surface encrusted in bold relief with three (or two) persimmons of rather squat form, in copper or shakudō, with leaves and other details in the same and gold; also on each face traces of a bottle-gourd vine in gold and silver nunome; long trefoil kozuka-hole plugged with sentoku.

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