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Tsuba with a "Ja-kago" (Gabion) and Reeds


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This autumn theme shows seasonal plants alongside a bamboo basket filled with stones under a full moon. Baskets of this type were used for erosion control along river banks, so the image also invokes water. The reverse side continues the botanical theme. Autumn is the traditional season of moon viewing, and this tsuba evokes the quiet of an autumn night.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 淡水子; [Translation] Tansuishi; [Seal] 源[ ]印; [Translation] gen[ ]in
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1848-1868 (late Edo)
Medium
iron, gold detail
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.91
Measurements
H: 3 3/8 x W: 3 1/4 in. (8.5 x 8.2 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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