QING Dynasty

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A Qianlong style iron guard, finely carved in openwork, with traces of gold false damascening. The floral/foliate decoration is inspired by Tibetan and Central Asian saddle plates or Monsoon Asian textiles. This is clearly not Japanese. The mythological creature in the lowest part with its pointed forelock is reminiscent of the Mekong Phayanak - river serpent.

The condition of this guard is excellent and shows that it was adapted to Japanese use.

7.50cm x 7.80cm x 0.50cm

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