Japanese Sword Handle Ornaments (menuki) of Seashells
They are antique Japanese sword handle ornaments (menuki) dating from the early Edo Period circa the early 17th to mid-17th century and are the work of the Mino School. They are made of finely polished and textured Japanese gold-copper alloy (shakudō). The design is that of a seashells and ocean waves. The ocean waves are rendered with by delicate openwork.
The handle ornaments are unsigned. One ornament measures 5.7 cm (2.2 inches) long and the other measures 5.5 cm (2.2 inches). The condition of the antique ornament is excellent. They date from the early Edo Period. They have been authenticated with a written appraisal deeming them to be of good quality and worthy of historical preservation by the Japanese Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai). The wooden storage box in the fourth photograph is included in the sale.
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