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Tsuba with the Taoist Immortal Bukan and his Tiger
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Tsuba with the Taoist Immortal Bukan and his Tiger


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The Taoist immortal Bukan (Ch. Fenggan [Feng Kan) was known for riding his tiger around his monastery to shock others. Here, he is shown atop his tiger at the right side of the tsuba. Only the front of the tiger and Bukan's torso can be seen. Bukan's ability to tame the tiger represents the power of his knowledge. On the reverse is a waterfall.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 乙柳軒; [Translation] Otsuryûken
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1696-1769 (Edo)
Medium
copper alloy, shibuichi, gold, copper, shakudo (?)
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.296
Measurements
2 13/16 x 2 5/8 x 1/4 in. (7.1 x 6.6 x 0.56 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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