Kiyou Tojin Tsuba

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A Chinese guard, possibly made in Nagasaki by Chinese carvers for the Chinese market, or for the Dutch gift and Japanese Rangaku-Omiyage market. The rectangular shape of seppa-dai confirms early to middle Qing in Sino-Tibetan style for use with Chinese tang. This dates to ca. 1750. At a later date, the Higo-style punch marks could have been done in Higo when adapted to Japanese use.

6.90cm x 7.65cm x 0.45cm

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