Description The body of a snake appears to emerge from a hole on the right edge of the tsuba and wind down the bottom center. There, the snake's head is depicted with its mouth open and tongue flicking out. On the reverse, a rat (probably the snake's prey) is shown at the left.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquistion unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Date] 万延庚申孟夏; [Transliteration] Manen ka-no-e saru moka; [Translation] Early summer in the year of the monkey, Man-en era (1860); [Inscription] 於; [Transliteration] oite [ ]; [Signature] 松風堂; [Transliteration] Shofudo kan u [ ] kizamu; [Translation] Engraved by Shofudo [ ]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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