Description Two phoenixes sit on the right side of this tsuba. Branches of the paulownia tree fill the top and bottom of the tsuba. The flowers of the tree are highlighted in gold. On the reverse of the tsuba, paulownia branchs are along the bottom and left sides. Paulownia wood is prized for making household objects such as chests and trays. It is know as the phoenix tree because it can re-grow from a stump.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Place and Signature] Inscribed: 水府住 海野美盛; [Translation] Suifuju/Unno Yoshimori.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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