Double mokkō-shaped tsuba with zigzags and a Buddhist invocation

Details

  • Title

    Double mokkō-shaped tsuba with zigzags and a Buddhist invocation

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    1st half of the 18th century
  • Material and technique

    iron, with cut and filed openwork decoration, and hira-zōgan (flat inlay) in brass wire

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    7.9 x 7.6 x 0.5 cm (height x width x depth)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Dame Jemima Church, in accordance with the wishes of her Husband, Sir Arthur H. Church, 1929.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EAX.10146

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  • Catalogue text

    Double mokkō (eight flat lobes); on each side of the seppadai a long lobed opening with a small oval one beyond it; the remaining surface (including the rounded edge) covered with fine brass inlay of wire in a similar design on each face, viz. at the top the Nichiren invocation (see no. 67 [EAX.10067]), at the bottom a large Chinese character [original character], raku ("pleasure") or gaku ("music"), and, in between, a diaper of parallel zigzags.

Glossary of terms

tsuba

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