Description This tsuba is decorated with six cartouches of dragons and a ground of fine fish egg ("nanako-ji") patterning. Four appear on the front and two are on the back. Each dragon is executed in a different metal. Dragons are a symbol of power and popularly depicted in Japanese art. Both secondary holes of this tsuba have been plugged.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Tankasai/Motoaki (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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