Lobed tsuba in the form of a rice bale with two rats


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    20-lobed, modelled as the circular end of a rice-bale, of woven straw, with two marauding rats in brass and silver; there are two sawcuts and in two places loose straws and a knotted tying-cord are rendered by iron wire. Signed: Bushū no jū ("resident of Musashi province", i.e. of Yedo) Nara Masayoshi [Japanese text]. (Not the Nara Masayoshi quoted by Hara, he having worked only at fuchi-kashira (hilt-ends) with views of Mii-dera monastery, whence his nickname of Miidera.)

    The Victoria and Albert Museum has another copy of this design, which was evidently a favourite one.

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