Mokkō-shaped tsuba with petals or snow crystals


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    Cruciform mokkō; each face with five (or three) flower-forms having five blunt petals, in low relief and gilt in nunome; near these are parts of "snow-heap" rings in silver wire inlay and double-lined karakusa scrollwork in gold wire nunome; faintly raised border of medium width, overrun by the ornament; "peach-shaped" ryōhitsu (of ordinary size, oval with outward point).

    The "flowers" probably represent snow-crystals, although in nature these are always sexpartite.

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