Tsuba with symbols of poem-writing at the Tanabata Festival


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    Rounded oblong; the front represents an ink-stone (suzuri) with its shallow depression within the unevenly wide border; across this is modelled a large leaf of kaji (paper-mulberry) with nunome-gilt stem and venation; on the border are a few clouds engraved and a constellation (two groups of three disks joined by lines) in gilding.

    On the back, within a raised border of irregular inner profile, are modelled a writing-brush (hairs in silver and shakudō) and a worn stick of ink (enriched with silver and gold), inscribed with its brand Taikwa...[Japanese text].

    The whole design is symbolic of poem-writing at the Tanabata festival and it is the Weaver (Tanabata) constellation that is represented on the border of the ink-stone.

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