IRON KAWARIGATA TSUBA - TWO SHACHIHOKO

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Iron kawarigata tsuba inlaid in nunomezogan gold representing two shachihoko.

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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.

Shoami School.

Middle of Edo.

H : 8,6 cm.

L : 8 cm.

Galerie Espace 4

9 rue Mazarine
75006 Paris – France
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