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Tsuba with Herons in a Lotus Pond
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Tsuba with Herons in a Lotus Pond


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This tsuba is a copy of a design repeatedly made by Ôtsuki Mitsuhiro and his father, including one in the Walters collection (see Walters 51.137). Inscriptions on the original tsubas say that the design is after one by the 10th-century Chinese painter Hsu Hsi. This may be a reference to paintings by Hsu Hsi of herons and lotus plants in Japanese temple collections, but the composition does not match any known paintings.
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
19th century (?) (Edo)
Medium
sentoku, shibuichi, copper, shakudo
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.202
Measurements
2 15/16 x 2 3/4 in. (7.5 x 7 cm) width at nakago-ana 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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