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Knife Handle (Kozuka)

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...

c. 1615-1868
Copper alloy (sentoku), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), copper, gold
9.7in
29.100.1211
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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