Tsuba with characters and flowers


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    Pierced in negative silhouette with a ring of eight repetitions of the character [Japanese text] (meaning "negation" or "nothing") in a cursive form [Japanese text], the same being repeated on each face, alternately with the perforations, in silver nunome (with a little gold); on the square edge, overlapping each face, are eight twelve-petalled flowers in the same technique.

    An important guard, but much worn (probably burnt), so that mere traces of the nunome remain. The character, when set within a slender ring, forms a badge of the Sengoku daimiō.

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