The dimensions are 62.5mm x 61.5mm x 4.7mm.
The theme is Kagi ni chouji (Chou ko) sukashi no Zuruga 鍵に丁子透の図柄. The design is of the Keys and Cloves. There is a great balance between the organic design of the cloves, and the geometric key design. The angular design of the keys is done in the classic style of the Muromachi and Momoyama periods, by groups such as Owari and Kanayama. It is bold and shows much strength. It is nicely balanced with the softness of the cloves.
This motif is practical in design and it projects an aesthetic of the Bushi life. The framework created by the keys suggests a nuance` of Genji-ko. We know from the chapters of the “Tale of Genji” the Genji crests or Genji-mon were created to use in the Kodo game “Kumiko” also called “Genji-ko”.
The Origami translates as follows.
鍵に鏈透鐔, Kagi ni Ren Sukashi Tsuba (A tsuba with the design of a chain of keys in openwork)
無銘, 古正阿弥 Mumei, Ko Shôami (unsigned, Ko Shôami)
八木瓜形 yatsu mokko gata, 鉄槌目地 tetsu tsuchime ji, 地透 ji sukashi, 丸耳 maru mimi, 両櫃仕 ryohitsu shi (8 sided Mokko shape, iron hammered surface, open sukashi work, a rounded rim, 2 hitsu ana)
Migi wa tokyokai ni oite shinsa no kekka tokubetsu hozon tosogu kanteshi kore wo shosuru (Examination by the Tokyo branch has resulted in the decision that the item to the right is a sword fitting that is especially worthy of preservation)
Heisei Ni Ju Rokku Rokku Gatsu Ni Ju Kyu Nichi (June 29, 2004)
Zaidan Hojin Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Incorporated foundation Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai)
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