Cupped tsuba in the form of a clam shell


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    Deeply cupped; in the form of a clam-shell (one valve) as decorated for the game kai-awase (matching of poems written on shells), i.e. the hollow interior (the back) is painted in black laquer on a gilt ground with the design known as Asadzuma-fune (a Court noble and lady in a boat) and a poem relating to this subject; one of the ryōhitsu kidney-shaped and plugged with lead, the other fan-mount-shaped.

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