#ACC2737 TOXIC POWDER BLOWER（METSUBUSHI)
4th Year Ansei (circa 1857)
The wood body is lacquered black with brass mouth piece engraved with a dragon flying amongst clouds. The muzzle has a removable stopper signed and dated: 4th YEAR OF ANSEI, SANO TSUNETADA HATSUMEI KORE WO TSUKURU (invented and made by Sano Tsunetada).
The stopper is held with a sliding silk cord and tied with a small copper netsuke in the form of a cup.
This weapon was designed to blow toxic powder at close range to blind and confuse an adversary.
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