Description This tsuba shows a man gazing up at Mount Fuji surrounded by some of the attributes of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. These are the contents of the treasure bag carried by Hotei, one of the gods. The man rests against Hotei's bag, Next to the bag is a sacred jewel. At the bottom of the tsuba is Daitoku's hammer. Just above the hammer is a sacred key. The disk on the left with notches on two sides is a coin. Mount Fuji can be seen in the upper left. On the reverse, branches of cherry blossoms frame the upper portion of the tsuba. Along the bottom from right to left are an inexhaustible bag of money, another coin, a feather cape, a bale of rice, a hat the makes the wearer invisible, and another treasure jewel.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Date] 嘉永辛亥南呂; [Transliteration] kaei kanotoi nanryo; [Translation] August 1851; [Signature] 明親; [Translation] Akichika
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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