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Dagger in Scabbard with Butterflies and Peonies
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Dagger in Scabbard with Butterflies and Peonies


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The tanto blade, from the early 14th century, is inscribed with the Sanskrit character presenting the Buddhist deity Fudô Myô-ô. It is mounted in a 19th-century scabbard decorated with butterflies on lacquer and metalwork depicting peonies. Some of the metal fittings are signed "Toshitsugu."
Exhibitions
  • The Nature of Loyalty: Japanese Warrior Prints of the Nineteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1989.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On blade: Fudo Myo-o; [Signature] On kozuka and kogai: Toshitsugu; [Signature] On scabbard: Akimasa (?)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1320 (Kamakura)
Medium
dark brown lacquer, silver, gold, steel
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.1237
Measurements
L: 16 15/16 in. (43 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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