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Beautiful 19th C. Japanese Wakizashi Sword with gold accented fittings and Moko pattern tsuba

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 A truly wonderful and whimsical Japanese wakizashi. This example is mounted with , gold, malachite stones, and stained bone. The motif throughout the sword is of a wonderful naturalistic crawling bugs pattern, especially visible on the stained pommel with a small brass bug crawling over it.  The blade has a slightly wavy temper line, and a silver collar with gilt reinforcement panels. Moko pattern tsuba, with raised floral and insect designs made from gold and green stone. A two figure signature, "Kanenori", is present. The hilt is adorned with veneer, with gilt insects on the fuchi, gold accented broomstick and fly menuki, and a pair of serrated gold panels securing the kashira, which is decorated with a bronze bodied, golden eyed frog perched on a green leaf.

With a dark brown lacquered scabbard, adorned with white moths, gold accented insect themed fittings, a black suspension cord and a kogatana with 5 symbol signature on the blade and a scene of birds in flight over a body of water on the grip.

A truly unique and beautiful example of the Japanese sword and fittings smith's art. 

22" overall, with a 14 3/4" blade

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