Iron nagamarugata tsuba decorated in gold and silver takazogan.
The design depicts a Shachihoko as well as sea waves.
In Japanese folklore, a shachihoko is an animal 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.
Period: Late Edo.
Height: 7,5 cm
Width: 7,2 cm