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.

  • Thank you very much @KWeiss for your help! I can't upvote your answer for my low reputation in this community but your help is highly appreciated!
    – jpruiz114
    Apr 25, 2019 at 14:53
  • @Jean Paul Ruiz you can accept this answer by clicking the check mark below the up /down arrows
    – Tang Ho
    Apr 26, 2019 at 21:09
  • Done, thanks again @KWeiss. On an update, we went deeper and found out that this is actually a Tessen, or at least a reproduction of a Tessen, a Japanese war fan is a fan designed for use in warfare, well, it was apparently designed to look like a fan so they would take it to places where weapons were not allowed. Thanks again!
    – jpruiz114
    Apr 30, 2019 at 18:49

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