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Tsuba with a Swordsman and Dragon
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Tsuba with a Swordsman and Dragon


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description On the left, a Chinese warrior raises his sword towards the dragon on the right. This tsuba may represent the Chinese Emperor Gaozu [Kao Tsu], who is sometimes shown slaying a dragon. Gaozu [Kao Tsu] was born a peasant, but became the founding emperor of the Han [Han] Dynasty in 202 BC. Water is depicted along the bottom and the opening on the right has been plugged.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
n.d.
Medium
iron, gilt
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.234
Measurements
3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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