Results 1 1272
779 Previous Next

Tsuba with a
Additional Views Explore Object
Creative Commons License

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

Download Image Add to Collection Creative Commons License

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


    Thumbnail: Tsuba with a "Ja-kago" (Gabion) and Reeds Thumbnail: Tsuba with a "Ja-kago" (Gabion) and Reeds Thumbnail: Tsuba with a "Ja-kago" (Gabion) and Reeds
    Zoom Out Zoom In Back to Details  
    Full Size: Tsuba with a "Ja-kago" (Gabion) and Reeds