I'm not sure if this language is Chinese or Japanese, pardon my ignorance, but I'm trying to figure out what it says here and what this artifact is.
Thanks in advance!
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This appears to be the end piece of a folding fan. Maybe the rest of the fan is missing?
The characters should be read from right to left: 金澤 jin1ze2 櫻谷特製 ying1gu3 te4zhi4
金澤 is the Japanese city Kanazawa. 櫻谷 means "Cherry blossom gorge" and would be pronounced "Sakuraya" in Japanese. This is probably the name of a place or a company. 特製 means "special product of".
So presumably this is a special product of Sakuraya in Kanazawa. While the names appear to be Japanese, these words would mean exactly the same thing in Chinese.