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Tsuba with One Hundred Monkeys
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Tsuba with One Hundred Monkeys

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Description One hundred monkeys was a typical motif for Mitsuhiro and other members of his school. A multitude of monkeys are carved into the body of the tsuba. Their eyes are highlighted in gold. Hidden throughout the design are monkeys with special characteristics. In the upper portion are the three monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. At the bottom, two monkeys are neck-wrestling with a rope tied around their necks. In the upper left section is a monkey carrying a fan or a baton. Below, a monkey holds a giant peach. At the lower right, a monkey has a bag over its shoulder. This tsuba is similar to another in the Walters collection by the same artist made of silver (51.133). Other known examples by Mitsuhiro are almost all in the same style with a single motif carved throughout the tsuba.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 肥州矢上住 光廣; [Transliteration] Hishu Yagami ju/Mitsuhiro; [Translation] Living at Yagami in Hizen province/Mitsuhiro; [Transcription] 宣徳金以作之; [Transliteration] Sentoku kin [ ] i saku kore; [Translation] This was made with sentoku and gold
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1748-1823 (late Edo)
sentoku, gold, copper
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
2 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in. (7.28 x 6.92 x 0.47 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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