Tsuba with sword and amariō, or rain dragon


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    On each face a slightly sunk eight-lobed panel, that on the front encrusted with a slender amariō (rain-dragon or "smooth" dragon) in silver with gold eyes and "feelers"; on the back, similarly curved almost into complete circle, is a "praying-for-rain" sword (amagoiken), the handle modelled in the iron, the blade in silver; edge inlaid with a continuous pattern [see Fig. 14] in brass wire.

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