Tsuba with amariō, or rain dragon, amid flowers


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    A "smooth" dragon and three star-like flowers with nine-pointed leaves among minute karakusa scrolls; roughly oblong seppadai with border of shallow grooves pointing outwards; narrow ryōhitsu borders richly gilt in nunome; all the remaining surfaces, including the rounded border, but excluding the grooves and the scrollwork surrounding the dragon, are covered with the remains of gold wire nunome in a cross-hatched pattern.

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