Tsuba with family crests of the Aoyama of Sasyama and the Hosokawa of Higo


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    Rounded oblong; the field lenticuar within the wide double-convex border; the former is covered on both faces with asanoha diaper in shakudō wire inlay, the latter with scattered cherry-blossoms and two "cash" in inlay of gold, silver or shakudō; seppadai, for some reason not clear, slotted on left side.

    Some of the inlay wanting. the cash (a bordered disk with central square hole) is a badge of the Aoyama of Sasayama; the cherry-blossom in the form here depicted belongs to the Hosokawa, Lords of Higo.

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