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Old 09-08-2010, 01:26 PM   #14
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Re: Horses and sword guards (tsuba) on the Japanese sword

Actually the bottom horse appears to be executing a movement called the levade while having his head looking back over his shoulder. The short legs and big belly make it a little difficult to pick out the pose unless you have seen the Lippizaner Stallions in action.

http://www.lipizzaner.com/levade.asp
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