Pair of Sword-Grip Ornaments (Menuki)

Copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi) | 1in | 18th century

Unknown Artist

Menuki are a pair of ornamental sword fittings attached to either side of a sword hilt.

Credit: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938
Object: 38.55.6a, b

Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019
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