Tsuba with butterflies


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    Seven butterflies modelled in openwork within the narrow border; gold eyes and gold ring-spots on the wings; edge covered with eight different diapers (lozenge, swastika fret, shippō, etc.) in fine gold wire nunome.

    The real name of this artist, whose work is by no means rare (compare the next six [EAX.10731, EAX.10736, EAX.10737, EAX.10738, EAX.10739, EAX.10740]), was, according to Wada (p.123), the more plebeian one of Nakamura Shinsuke [中村親介]. His adopted surname Gotō is written with the same characters as that of the famous family of sword-mount makers (Groups XXXIII, XXXIV).

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