Iron kawarigata tsuba inlaid in nunomezogan gold representing two shachihoko. Mimi (edge) in nunomezogan silver.
A shachihoko is an animal in Japanese folklore with the head of a tiger and the body of a carp. It was believed that this animal could cause the rain to fall, and as such, temples and castles were often adorned with roof ornaments crafted in the form of a shachihoko, in order to protect them from fire.
Middle of Edo.
H : 8,6 cm.
L : 8 cm.