12 November 2003
A Keito no Tachi Pommel
Kofun Period (4th-6th Century)
The gilt bronze pommel with a projecting rectangular tang cast in the form of a keito [the chickenhead of a ho-o] with elaborate comb and wattles, the gilding with malachite and incrustation
3¼in. (8.3cm.) high
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Michael Dean, Sado - Island of Gold, International Netsuke Society Journal, Fall 1997, p. 13.
For similar examples in the British Museum and the Tokyo National Museum see Basil Robinson, The Arts of the Japanese Sword (London, 1961), pl. 6 and Kanzan Sato and Joe Earle, The Japanese Sword (Tokyo, 1983), pl. 93.
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The result of the Royal Armouries XRF quantitive analysis AM206, is consistent with the dating of the object.
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