Mokkō-shaped tsuba with an elephant, chrysanthemum, and tama, or sacred jewels


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    Mokkō; modelled in low relief with an elephant almost filling the field; its body is silvered, its housing, with kikumon and flaming tama, gilt in nunome; at the back, on a ground of gold nunome cloud forms, is a large square tablet engraved with an inscription recording that during the Kiōhō era (1716-1735) an elephant came from China to Japan as an Imperial gift; narrow raised border resembling a rim. Signed: Yasuchika.

    This is a well known Yasuchika type. A similar example, of oval shape, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and others are known.

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