Mokkō-shaped tsuba with wisteria and a swallow


  • Title

    Mokkō-shaped tsuba with wisteria and a swallow

  • Artist/maker

    Shōami Katsuyoshi (1832 - 1908) (carver)
    Shōami School (active 1601 - 1909) (armourer)
  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

  • Material and technique

    iron, with hammered-up edge, and iro-e zōgan (multi-metal inlay) decoration

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  • Dimensions

    8.2 x 7.6 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Dame Jemima Church, in accordance with the wishes of her Husband, Sir Arthur H. Church, 1929.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    Faint mokkō, with gently hammered-up edge; a wisteria vine (continued on the back) and a swallow, in realistic iro-e zōgan incrustation.

    Signed in cursive script: Shōami Katsuyoshi [Japanese text] no tagane ([Japanese text] "chiselled") and dated Keiō IV (1868), midsummer (Fifth month).

    (Compare the next [EAX.10306.a].)

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