Lobed and mokkō-shaped tsuba with dragonfly, spider, wasp, and webs


  • Title

    Lobed and mokkō-shaped tsuba with dragonfly, spider, wasp, and webs

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    possibly late 18th century - early 19th century
  • Material and technique

    iron, with cut and filed openwork decoration, and iro-e zōgan (multi-metal inlay) decoration

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  • Dimensions

    8.5 x 7.8 cm (height x width)
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  • Credit line

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

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  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

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  • Catalogue text

    Mokkō, the side lobes trilobate; flanking the seppadai are two symmetrical groups of openings, resembling three flower petals (unsuited for ryōhitsu); bold iro-e zōgan incrustation; on the front a dragonfly, a spider and her web; on the back a wasp and another web.

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