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kote (tool)
L: 10.5 in, Diam: .9375 in

, unknown


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 kote (mon making tool) : wood, iron ; 10.5 x 0.9375 (diameter) in.

Kote (mon making tool) composed of a heavy iron cylinder (0.9375 in. diameter) attached to metal rod with wooden handle with two grooves at top and five grooves on end. Flat surfaces of cylinder face side.

Written in black ink on handle, bottom: Kaigo.

Mrs. Shizu Kaigo used the kote to make kamon or mon (Japanese family crest) on formal kimonos for the Japanese community in Hawaii.

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