Tsuba depicting a swimming crane


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    Rounded oblong; modelled in soft low relief; on the front, waves with a swimming crane (in silver, gold and shakudō), also rocks and an overhanging pomegranate tree; at the back, clouds above and below, and an outlying branch of the tree; details in tinted gold nunome; ground punched with irregularly lobed compartments; sd. of fimbriated outline. Signed in fine gold wire inlay; Bishū (Owari province) Shigemasa [Japanese text] saku, and dated Bunkwa III (1806), 8th month.

    This is the only instance I know of a crane represented as swimming.

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