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Knife Handle (Kozuka)

Fittings maker:
Inscribed by Gotō Eijō (Japanese, 1577–1617, sixth-generation Gotō master)
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper
Dimensions:
L. 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm); W. 9/16 in. (1.4 cm)
Classification:
Sword Furniture-Kozuka
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1945
Accession Number:
45.24.17
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
This kozuka features a design of dolls, symbolic of the Girls' Festival (Jōmi, March 3).
Inscription: Inscribed: Eijō mon: Mistuyoshi, kakihan (fifteenth-generation master of the Gotō Shirobei school certifying this knife handle as the work of the sixth-generation master).
Ex. coll.: Robert H. Rucker, New York, (no. 55).
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