Knife Handle (Kozuka)

Copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi) | 9.7in | c. 1615-1868

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: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929...
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