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Tsuba with the Rabbit in the Moon
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Tsuba with the Rabbit in the Moon


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This tsuba is a depiction of the sky filled with clouds. At the upper left, the moon appears with the depiction of a rabbit pounding rice for sweet rice cakes. This is the figure that the Japanese see in the moon. This tradition may have developed in part because the word for rice cake ("mochi") can also mean "full moon."
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] 紀国 中村親祐; [Transliteration] Kii no kuni/Nakamura Chikayori (kao); [Translation] Kii province/Nakamura Chikayori.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
late 19th century (Edo-Meiji)
Medium
shibuichi (silver-copper alloy), silver, and gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.206
Measurements
H: 2 13/16 × W: 2 11/16 × D: 3/16 in. (7.2 × 6.9 × 0.5 cm)
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