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Tsuba with a Tiger and Dragon
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Tsuba with a Tiger and Dragon


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description On the front of the tsuba, a lion crouches near bamboo growing by a stream while a storm rages overhead. On the back, a dragon emerges from clouds in the sky. This pairing of two of the strongest animals in Japanese tradition is a symbol of the power of religious faith (the dragon) over the temporal world (the tiger).
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 大森英秀; [Translation] Omori Teruhide
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1730-1798 (Edo)
Medium
shibuichi, silver, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.93
Measurements
3 1/16 in. (7.7 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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