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Mokkō-shaped tsuba with wood grain decoration

Glossary (4)

cloisonné, sentoku, shakudō, tsuba

  • cloisonné

    Decorative technique in which wires are attached to a metal body and coloured enamels are applied between the wires.

  • 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)

    Oblong mokkō; sentoku centre of irregular profile surrounded by the shakudō, but having three narrow outlets to the edge; each face engraved with coarse vertical wood-grain and inlaid with gold-cloisonné panels and "Hirata curls." Signed: Hirata Harunari [Japanese text]. (Eighth Master, d. 1840.)

    Japan Society, London, Loan Exhibition, 1905, no. S.10.

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