Description At the bottom of the kozuka, a monkey stands looking upwards. The monkey holds a battledore, which is used during New Year's celebrations to play a traditional game. A gourd is strapped to the monkey's back. The reverse is decorated with a gold pattern that resembles a special paper used for poems called "tanzaku." The motif on the reverse is "shochiku," which is used to indicate the New Year. It consists of black inlayed bamboo, incised pine boughs, and two small plum blossoms. The upper flower is inlayed in mother of pearl and gold. The lower flower is in gold.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Date] 嘉永元戊申桃月; [Transliteration] Kaei gen tsuchinoe saru tôgetsu; [Translation] 1848, year of the monkey, third month; [Signature] 法橋清重; [Translation] Hokkyô Kiyoshige (kao);
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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