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Tsuba decorated with hare and waves

Hare and waves

19th century

Iron tsuba  

Maru-gata: 7.2 x 7 cm
Thickness: 5.4 mm

The hare and ocean wave motif is an unusual combination originated from a story in the Kojiki (Japan’s oldest history book) called “Inaba no Shirousagi” or (The White Rabbit of Inaba). According to the Japanese legend, a white rabbit crossed the ocean from Okino Island to the mainland at Inaba (now Shimane prefecture) by using the backs of sharks as stepping stones and thus appeared to be running over the tops of the waves.

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