chess piece

Chess (shogi) piece, koma, pentagonal wedge-shaped piece. On the face are Japanese characters reading 'foot soldier' (pawn), on the reverse 'reaches gold' (promoted pawn). The sides are decorated with with a saya-gata design in red. Marked on the promoted side, to be displayed on unpromoted side, though the writing on this side has been worn away.

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