Description The fuchi is in the shape of two crouching lions. The upper halve of the lions is on the fuchi and the lower halves are on the koi-guchi kanagu at the top of the scabbard. An inscription on the koi-guchi kanagu explicitly calls these Western lions. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Date] 明治三庚午孟春; [Transliteration] Meiji san kanoe uma môshun; [Translation] Meiji 3 (1870), year of the horse, 1st month; [Inscription] 應井坂貞行君需; [Transliteration] ô Isaka Sadayuki shi ju; [Translation] commissioned by Mr. Izaka Sadayuki; [Signature] 水戸住 萩谷勝平; [Transliteration] Mito ju Hagiya Katsuhira; [Translation] living in Mito, Hagiya Katsuhira
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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