Tsuba in the form of two awabi shells with a tako, or cuttlefish


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    A naturalistic rendering of two awabi shells (sea-ear, Haliotis), each forming a hollow to front or back; in the front hollow cowers a small cuttlefish (tako) rendered with equal fidelity in copper, with gold and shakudō eyes. Signed: Kenzui ([Japanese text]). Pupil of the founder, d.1776, aged 37.)

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