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Octagonal tsuba with Chinese pendent

Glossary (4)

kozuka, nunome-zōgan, 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.

  • 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)

    Rounded octagonal; on the front a flat raised symmetrical design of a Chinese pendent ornament with two large ovoid drops, covered with gold or silver wire nunome, and, in base, a seal-character [[Japanese text] JŌ, koyeda, "twig", also "item", "district"] (gilt); ground filled in with dark green enamel, much decayed; the back covered with a diagonal checker in silver wire nunome; modern shakudō rim; shapeless kodzuka-hole plugged with lead (recent). Nagasaki work.

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