Chinese Qing

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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 on the right side with its pointed forelock is reminiscent of the Mekong Phayanak. The other three creatures appear to have wings and tail feathers.

The condition of this guard is excellent and shows that it was adapted to Japanese use. The highlights of gold inlay on the crosshatched areas is very well done.
An exceptional handguard of great quality.

7.50cm x 7.80cm x 0.50cm

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