Round tsuba with swastikas


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    Covered to near the edge with fine brass wire inlay of a closed swastika diaper (different on each face) outwardly bordered by a circle and inwardly by the seppadai outline (which is oblong with re-entrant angles).

    The inlay, although revealing the sunk grooves proper to the true hira-zōgan where the brass has come away, has at the same time a curious nunome look and the ground in several places shows a fine horizontal hatching. This, coupled with the unusual outline of the seppadai, inclines one to class the guard as Hizen work (Group XXXI).

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