Japanese Sword Handle Ornaments (menuki) of Crane and Weeping Willow
They are antique Japanese sword handle ornaments (menuki) dating from the late Edo Period circa the late 18th to mid-19th century and are the work of the independent goldsmiths (Kinkō). They are made of refined copper (suaka). They are large size and made to be mounted on a long sword (katana). The design of a crane with a weeping willow tree and bamboo and is nicely highlighted with gold inlays.
The handle ornaments are unsigned. One ornament measures 4.7 cm (1.8 inches) long and the other measures 4.7 cm (1.8 inches). The condition of the antique ornament is excellent and date from the late Edo Period.
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