Japanese Sword Handle Ornaments (menuki) of Gourd
Antique Japanese sword handle ornaments (menuki). They are made of a sheet of the copper-gold alloy (shakudo). The intricately cut openwork design is of gourds, leaves and vines. The design itself invokes a sense of Autumn harvest. The set was likely made by an early goldsmith of the Mino School (Ko-Mino Kinkō) during the late Muromachi Period circa early to mid-16th Century.
They are unsigned by the artist who made them. One handle ornament measures 4.5 cm (1.8 inches) long and the other one is 4.2 cm (1.7 inches) long. The condition of this set is excellent.
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