An Antique Japanese Samurai Horse Bit or Kutsuwa

This bit is made of iron, its surface is dark with areas of gold paint or lacquer.
It has a single jointed mouthpiece, the cheekpieces have cross bars and a loop which would have suspended the bit from the headstall.
The bit has long extensions which would have attached to the reins.
There are no makers marks or stamps, so dating this bit is difficult, it is probably 18th or 19th century, but this design can be seen in much earlier bits.

Mouthpiece 15cm (5½")
Cheeks 12.8cm (5") maximum length
Weight 512g (1lb 2oz)

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