Description The openwork design on this tsuba features two figures standing at the right. The one in the rear carries a quiver of arrows and a bow. He is blowing a long horn. The figure in front holds a Chinese style lion-dog ("shishi") on a leash. This animal did not exist, but is derived from Chinese and Japanese interpretations of stories and paintings of lions in India.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 銕元堂; [Translation] Tetsugendô; [Seal] 壽; [Translation] Kotobuki
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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