Japanese Shibayama Ivory & Silver-Mounted Dagger
- Measurements: 20.5cm; 8in blade
Also called “Aikuchi-Tanto”, this curved single-edged blade dagger is incised with a dragon on each side. It has a silver-mounted hilt finely engraved and enriched with soft metal birds and scrolls.
The ivory grip is encrusted with coloured shells, coral and malachite including an elaborate bouquet on one side and with a bouquet in a basket suspended from a tree on the other.
It has a silver-mounted ivory “saya” decorated en suite with the hilt, including differing blossoming trees on the respective faces inhabited by exotic birds and completed with its “kozuka” decorated, again, en suite.
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