Knife Handle (Kozuka)

Iron, gold, silver | 9.7in | First half 18th century

Unknown Artist

A kozuka is a handle of a by-knife that is part of a sword mounting. It is kept in a slot on the reverse of a katana scabbard, often with a matching kōgai (hairdressing tool).

Credit: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
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