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Kozuka 1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The kozuka is attractively decorated with partly gold-plated relief with the horse and cherry blossom motif.

History of the Object
The article is part of the legacy of the Second Class Commodore Anton Dolenc. Anton Dolenc was born in 1871 at Lož in the Notranjska region (modern-day Slovenia). In 1886 he enrolled at the Austro-Hungarian Naval Academy in Rijeka. After completing his studies, he served as Nautical Officer on board various Austro-Hungarian Navy ships. In 1909 he sailed as Lieutenant Commander with the Navy’s warship Panther to East Asia. The ship initially cruised between various ports in China, while from December 1909 to April 1910 she sailed in Japanese waters, visiting Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Itsukushima, Nijima, Kobe, Itosaki, Takamatsu, Yokohama and Taketoyo. Anton Dolenc brought from his travels two kozukas. After his death in 1924, they were kept by his heirs, but in 1964 sold to the Maritime Museum Piran.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Shakudo metals, gold  
Measurements
9.6 cm x 1.4 cm x 0.3cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century  
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
 
Function
A kozuka is a handle of a by-knife that is part of a Japanese sword. It was used by the Samurai, Edo Period 
Acquisition
The article is part of the legacy of Anton Dolenc, Austro-Hungarian Navy Officer. He bought it in 1910 in Japan. In 1964, his heirs sold it to the Maritime Museum Piran. 
Copyright
Maritime Museum “Sergej Mašera” Piran 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Maritime Museum “Sergej Mašera” Piran 
Museum
Maritime museum Piran 
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