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A Qianlong style iron guard, finely carved in openwork.
The seppa-dai identifies the area of manufacturer.
The inner rim has design of a key or fret pattern.
The shape of the seppa-dai reminds one of an hour glass. Compare with the shape of Hosodachi guards, so-called shitogi-gata, from the Heian period. Obviously it copies a mainland (Sino-Korean) prototype that predated the development of the common discord guard we see today.
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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