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A JAPANESE LACQUER PEPPER SPRAY, METSUBUSHI MEIJI PERIOD, 19TH CENTURY Of typical form, the top decorated with a writhing dragon in gilt encircling four lines of calligraphy, the metal mouthpiece chiselled with another dragon amongst scrolling clouds, the underside signed in a rectangular reserve, together with a chain, hook and tamper, approx 8.5cm. (2) Metsubushi were weapons designed to blow toxic powder, ground glass or pepper at close range to blind or confuse an opponent.

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