Knife Handle (Kozuka) Depicting Shells on Beach (海辺に貝散図小柄)

Copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, brass, abalone shell | 9.5in | c. 1615-1868

Unknown Artist

The motif plate of this kozuka shows a beach with an arrangement of shells which are decorated with a differently colored abalone and mother-of-pearl inlay. The waves are decorated with a shell inlay as well. The areas that represent the beach show a...
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