Tsuba with squirrels and a vine


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    Thin; apparently cut down to a rough oval from a slightly larger guard; pierced with two cloud forms and boldly encrusted in brass and pewter (the latter a very rare feature), on the front with two squirrels and a vine, on the back with clouds, two egrets, and a streamlet with reeds and an aoi plant; kōgai-hole of irregular shape, with shakudō plug.

    (Behrens Collection, no.1067, pl.XV.)

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