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Kozuka with a Centipede
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Kozuka with a Centipede

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A large centipede appears on this kozuka, with its head facing toward the blade. A giant centipede was famously defeated by the 10th-century warrior Tawara Toda. This centipede has thirty-six legs. The reverse of the kozuka is in gold and shibuichi. The artist's signature is in the gold section.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 龍池軒英隨; [Translation] Ryûchiken Hideyuki
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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19th century (Edo)
copper, shakudo, shibuichi
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) (l.)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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