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Fuchi with Sword and Dragon
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Fuchi with Sword and Dragon

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This iconography of a dragon wrapped around a sword represents Kôbô Daishi's sword. Kôbô Daishi (also known as Kûkai; 774-834) was a Buddhist priest who studied in China and founded the Shingon sect of Buddhism in Japan. It is said he used a sword that had a rain dragon wrapped around it to bring rain at the end of a drought. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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18th-19th century (Edo)
shakudo, gold
(Arms & Armor)
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H: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
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