Description This kozuka shows the 2nd-century Chinese general Kanyu (Ch. Guan Yu [Kuan Yu]) seated at a desk, reading. Stories of his activities during the Three Kingdoms period are told in the 14th-century novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." He is recognizable by his long black beard. The man behind him is probably his chief retainer Zhou Cang [Chow Ts'ang].
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 濱野直隨; [Translation] Hamano Naoyuki
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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