Tsuba with heraldic crane


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    Fine openwork design in the form of an heraldic crane (tsuru) with wings symmetrically spread, the seppadai representing the body; the head and neck with slight engraving finish; edge rounded, slightly notched where the wing-tips meet over the head. A very similar guard in the Fukukawa Collection in Japan (No. 33) has a multilobate edge, while that of the Church example is unbroken.

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