Tsuba with noshi, or auspicious abalone


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    Profile of two double ogees side by side; openwork design; modelled as two bundles of noshi, of which the bound ends spring from the top and bottom of the seppadai; the strips then divide and fall (or rise) in cascades to right and left.

    The back appears to have silvered or tinned. Noshi are dried strips of the flesh of the awabi (Haliotis, ormer or sea-ear), bundles of which are attached to New Year and other gifts to symbolise the primitive ages when man lived on fish.

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