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Tsuba with a Spiny Lobster
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Tsuba with a Spiny Lobster


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Description This tsuba is formed by the body and antennae of a spiny lobster. The trunk of the lobster is in the right half of the tsuba. Its long antennae form the left and the hole for the utility life. Lobster are a sign of respect for old age because of their doubled over body.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Inscribed: 坦善堂鉄斎; [Translation] Tanzendo Tessai.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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2nd half 18th-1st quarter 19th century (late Edo)
Medium
silver alloy
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.125
Measurements
2 11/16 in. (6.9 cm)
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