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Tsuba with Clams and Conch
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Tsuba with Clams and Conch


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This small tsuba is decorated with clams, mussels and conchs. On both sides, a conch in its shell is depicted at the lower right of the tsuba. On the front, a clam and mussel are to the left of the conch. Another clam and mussel are at the upper left. A scallop and two razor clams appear on the right edge above the conch. On the reverse, two clams are the top. A clam and a scallop are at the bottom, near the small conch. Water is indicated on both sides with hairline engravings. This small tsuba would have been used with a short sword or dagger.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 後藤光正; [Translation] Goto Mitsumasa (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1836-1904 (late Edo-Meiji)
Medium
silver, copper, gold, gilt, shakudo, shibuichi
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.324
Measurements
2 3/16 x 1 5/8 x 3/16 in. (5.5 x 4.05 x 0.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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