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Did you know? Tiny ornaments on samurai sword handles improved grip. The delicate designs on each accessory reflected the personal and scholarly interests of the sword’s owner. Pictured here is a four-piece set of sword fittings attributed to Gotō Kenjō.
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Image: Matching Four-piece Set of Sword Fittings Decorated with the Kurikara Sword, attributed to Gotō Kenjō, mid-1600s, gold-copper alloy (shakudō), silver, gold. Courtesy of Richard and Adoree Suran