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Tsuba with Cissus leaves and karakusa, or scrolling plant pattern

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nunome-zōgan, tsuba

  • 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.

  • 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)

    Modelled in openwork as five large tsuta badges, with a little karakusa of which the leaves are touched with gold nunome; the venation on the badges is alternately raised or sunk (engraved), according as each is showing its back or its face; narrow border.

    This artist is unrecorded, but his name, which may be read Shōeki instead of Katsuyoshi, reminds one of that of Nakagawa Isshō [Japanese text], one of Gotō Ichijō's pupils (Group XXXIVa). The two may possibly be related.

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