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Japanese sword guard (tsuba)

This is a shakudo mokko gata with gold fukurin mimi. It has a takabori design of a bird with foliage and flowers on a nanako ground. It is from the Kikugawa School popular during the latter part of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The omote mei reads Kiku-gawa Nampo, who is known to have been practicing during the later half of the nineteenth century. He was a pupil of Muneyo-shi and later studied the work…