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Kozuka

Kozuka

  • Museum number:

    M.1139-1931

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 1

Skewers, utility knives and handles (kōgai, kogatana and kozuka)

The scabbards of some swords had slots into which small skewers (kōgai) and knives (kogatana) fitted. The handles of the knives are called kozuka. Holes in the sword guard allowed the skewers and knives to slide in and out of the scabbard without the sword being drawn. The skewers were used by samurai to arrange their hair and clean their ears. Some were bifurcated and could be used as chopsticks. The skewers and knife handles were usually made from patinated copper alloy and often decorated with matching designs.

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Met, Japan, SF, YASUCHIKA

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Skewers, utility knives and handles (kōgai, kogatana and kozuka)

The scabbards of some swords had slots into which small skewers (kōgai) and knives (kogatana) fitted. The handles of the knives are called kozuka. Holes in the sword guard allowed the skewers and knives to slide in and out of the scabbard without the sword being drawn. The skewers were used by samurai to arrange their hair and clean their ears. Some were bifurcated and could be used as chopsticks. The skewers and knife handles were usually made from patinated copper alloy and often decorated with matching designs.
[04/11/2015]

Categories

Arms & Armour

Collection

East Asia Collection

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