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    Sale 1978

    Japanese And Korean Art

    18 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 386

    A Diplomatic Sword in Imperial Mounts

    (20TH CENTURY)

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    A Diplomatic Sword in Imperial Mounts
    (20th century)
    The blade carved with scrolling vines with chrysanthemums and with a paulownia near the hilt, the handle and guard gilt-copper and decorated on the surface with chrysanthemum crests of Nashimoto no Miya and paulaownia crests, the hand guard terminating in a phoemix head, the scabbard black-lacquer and mounted with gilt-copper hardware carved with chrysanthemums and vines against a nanako ground
    32in. (81.4cm.) long


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    Nashimoto no Miya was the brother of the Taisho Emperor.
    As with the previous lot, this sword was presented to a high-ranking American diplomat in appreciation of his service as laison between the American occupation forces and the Imperial family.