Description Along the right side of the tsuba, a series of boats are tied together creating a bridge known as a "funabashi" (lit. boat bridge). A pine tree at the bottom indicates the shore. On the reverse, pine trees are shown along a river bank. A poem from the classical poetry collection the Man'yôshû (complied late 8th century) made famous the boat bridge at Sano (in modern day Gunma prefecture). The tsuba may be an allusion to the poem or to the noh play "Funabashi" that was inspired by the poem. The bridge was also depicted in a woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) in the 1820s or 1830s.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquistion unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 仁柳子 行直; [Translation] Jinryûshi/Yukinao (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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