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Tsuba with Kanzan and Jittoku
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Tsuba with Kanzan and Jittoku

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Kanzan (Ch. Hanshan [Hanshan]) and Jittoku (Ch. Shide [Shih Te]) are a pair of Zen eccentrics who lived at a monastery on Mt. Tendai in China during the Tang [T'ang] period (618-907). They spoke to each other in a nonsense language that no one else understood. Kanzan is always shown holding a scroll, which he is explaining to Jittoku. Here, Kanzan is on the right edge of the tsuba. Jittoku is sleeping at the bottom. Jittoku worked in the kitchen of the monastery and is usually shown with his broom. The broom is depicted on the reverse of the tsuba near the bottom. On the front, a moon is in the upper left.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
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Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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silver, gold, copper, shakudo, shibuichi
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2 1/2 x 2 5/16 x 3/16 in. (6.36 x 5.83 x 0.42 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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