Octagonal tsuba with phoenix, kirin, and dragon

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    Octagonal; modelled in low relief on irregularly grained ground; on the front a flying "phoenix" (hōō) and a "unicorn" (kirin) with a table of offerings, clouds, etc.; at the back, two "smooth" dragons and cloudsl the whole of this relief is richly decorated with tinted gold nunome, and the same technique supplies the almost symmetrical conventional ornaments and scrolls that fill the wide flat border; sd. of lobed outline.

Glossary of terms

kozuka

nunome-zōgan

phoenix

shakudō

tsuba

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