Mokkō-shaped tsuba with fan mounts depicting a phoenix and a unicorn


  • Title

    Mokkō-shaped tsuba with fan mounts depicting a phoenix and a unicorn

  • Artist/maker

    Munechika (active 19th century) (armourer)
    Umetada School (active 16th century - 19th century) (armourer)
  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    19th century (1801 - 1900)
  • Material and technique

    iron, with stamped silver

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  • Dimensions

    8.3 x 7.7 x 0.4 cm (height x width x depth)
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  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Dame Jemima Church, in accordance with the wishes of her Husband, Sir Arthur H. Church, 1929.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

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  • Catalogue text

    Mokkō; on the front are sunk two fan-mounts of stamped silver, that at the top is [fan]-shaped [see Fig. 9], with a flying "phoenix" (hōō), that at the bottom [rounded heart]-shaped [see Fig. 10], with a "unicorn" (kirin), both amid clouds; on each face are a few patches of cloud in faint sunk relief and on the back is also, in base, a raised seal signature in silver: Munechika.

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