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Sword-Grip Ornaments (Menuki)

Fittings maker:
Gotō Kōjō (Japanese, 1529–1620, fourth-generation Gotō master)
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi)
Dimensions:
L. of each 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Classification:
Sword Furniture-Menuki
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1945
Accession Number:
45.24.39a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
These menuki feature a design of baskets of parsley.
Inscription: Inscribed on the certificate of authenticity (orikami) (c): Gotō Shinjō, fifteenth-generation master of the Gotō Shirobei school, certifying these grip ornaments (menuki) as the work of the fourth-generation master (Gotō Kōjō).
Ex. coll.: Robert H. Rucker, New York (no. 46).
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