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Tsuba with Dragon
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Tsuba with Dragon

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Two gold dragons wrap around the tsuba. Their bodies are partially obscured by clouds and can also be seen on the reverse. The lower dragon holds a jewel. Dragons are often depicted with jewels, which are taken from Buddhist belief and also related to the two tide ruling jewels controlled by the Dragon King of the sea. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1868-1912 (Meiji)
gold, shakudo
(Arms & Armor)
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H: 3 1/16 x W: 2 7/8 x D: 5/16 in. (7.7 x 7.3 x 0.8 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
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