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Kozuka with Dragonfly
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Kozuka with Dragonfly

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A gilded dragonfly fills the right side of the kozuka. Dragonflies are a symbol of autumn. There is also an ancient tradition of calling Japan "Dragonfly Island" because the legendary first emperor, Jimmu, thought that when viewed from the top of a mountain the islands had the shape of a dragonfly. The kozuka has a hole for a cord at the right.
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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17th century (?) (Edo)
iron, gilt
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) (l.)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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