Tsuba with leaves and tendrils


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    Two large namako ("sea-slug" or sausage-shaped) ryōhitsu; the remaining surface on both faces encrusted with slightly raised brass, including the narrow border with faint pointillé scrolls, and parts of two large lobed leaves, with tendrils and tasselled cords; three of these tassels are in copper and one has been partly restored, probably by Sir Arthur Church, by pressing a piece of gold into the vacant hollow.

    Riōhitsu like these are characteristic of certain Higo guards (Group XIII), but this guard probably did not originate in that province.

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