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Tsuba with Chokaro and Mule Leaving the Gourd
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Tsuba with Chokaro and Mule Leaving the Gourd


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This tsuba shows the Taoist Immortal Chokaro (Ch. Zhang Guo [Chang Kuo]) releasing his magic mule from a gourd. Chokaro sits at the lower right of the tsuba holding the gourd. The mule is above the central opening on the left. Chokaro's mule lived in the gourd until Chokaro needed it. The mule could carry Chokaro for thousands of miles and did not need to be fed.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 弘直; [Translation] Hironao (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1st half 19th century (late Edo)
Medium
shibuichi, gold details
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.352
Measurements
2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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