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Tsuba with Cranes Flying over Waves
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Tsuba with Cranes Flying over Waves


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Seven cranes executed in two types of gold alloy fly over waves on the face of this tsuba. On the reverse, four more cranes join them in flight. Incised clouds surround the central opening. Cranes are traditional symbols of longevity and good fortune. The dense design of this tsuba is typical of the Bushû school. The hole for the hair pick (kôgai) has been plugged in a different metal.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 秀政作; [Transliteration] Hidemasa saku; [Translation] Made by Hidemasa
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
mid-19th century (late Edo)
Medium
shibuichi (silver-copper alloy), gold, silver
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.92
Measurements
H: 2 5/8 × W: 2 3/8 × D: 3/16 in. (6.6 × 6 × 0.5 cm)

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