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Datelate 18th century - 1st half of the 19th century
No. of items
Finely modelled in low relief with a seashore scene, continued on the back, with a forked pine-tree and two children (representing the old couple, spirits of the twin pines of Takasago); slight gold inlay on their coats.
Signed: Chōhan Masayuki [Japanese text].
Possibly the Ayabe Masayuki who signs an extraordinarily fine guard in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and one in the Hamburg Museum.
Glossary of terms
Japanese sword guard.