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Kozuka with a Dragon Coiled around a Sword
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Kozuka with a Dragon Coiled around a Sword


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This is the rain dragon coiled around 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 dragon wrapped around it to bring rain at the end of a drought. This kozuka is unusual because it is made of wood and ivory, with a tortoise shell cap.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions Unsigned
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
n.d.
Medium
wood, ivory
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.645
Measurements
3 7/8 in. (9.9 cm) (l.)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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