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Tsuba with Chôun Rescuing Gentoku's Infant
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Tsuba with Chôun Rescuing Gentoku's Infant


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Description Chôun (Ch. Zhao Yun [Chao Yun]) was a 3rd-century warrior fighting in support of the Chinese emperor Gentoku (Ch. Liu Bei [Liu Pei]). At the battle of Changfan Kiao, the emperor had to flee, leaving behind his wife and infant son. Chôun rescued the son. While fleeing with the boy, he had to leap with his horse across a great chasm. On the tsuba, Chôun is depicted on the right, leaping over the chasm. The infant's head is barely visible near the horse's mane. On the reverse another warrior is shown riding past a tree. This may be one of Chôun's pursuers.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 黄鶴弘貞; [Translation] Kitsuru Hirosada (kao); [Signature] 秀現斎; [Translation] Shugensai
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1st half 19th century (late Edo)
Medium
shibuichi, gold and copper details
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.355
Measurements
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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