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Kashira with Kôsekikô Holding a Scroll
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Kashira with Kôsekikô Holding a Scroll

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Description The figure on this kashira is the legendary Chinese elder Kôsekikô (Ch. Huangshi Gong [Hwang Shi Kung]). He holds a staff in his right and a scroll of military strategy in his left. A famous story about him involved his encounter with the 3rd-century BC government minister Chôryô (Ch. Zhang Liang [Chang Liang]). While riding a mule across a bridge, Kôsekikô dropped his sandal. Chôryô returned it to him. As a reward, Kôsekikô gave Chôryô a book of military strategy. Later, Chôryô helped to establish the Han [Han] Dynasty (207 BC-AD 220). This is paired with a depiction of Chôryô holding the shoe on Walters 51.980.
  • Déjà Vu? Recurrence. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007-2008.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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ca. 1800 (Edo)
shibuichi, copper, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
1 5/16 in. (3.4 cm) (l.)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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