1.6 x 4.3 cm
By the time these pieces were made in the Edo period (1615-1868), members of the warrior class were engaged more in administrative work than in combat. The sword and its accessories had become more symbols of status than weapons of war.
'Sword accessories', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.222.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 222 (colour illus.).