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Tsuba with Dragon in Clouds
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Tsuba with Dragon in Clouds


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A gold dragon is coiled around this tsuba with his head at the upper right. Parts of the dragon's body are obscured by clouds. Dragons are often depicted with clouds because they are associated with the sky and water. Dragons are considered the most powerful creatures.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Place and Signature] 長州萩住 光孝作; [Transliteration] Choshû Hagi ju/Mitsutaka saku; [Translation] Residing in Hagi, Choshû/made by Mitsutaka
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1st half 19th century (late Edo)
Medium
shakudo, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.359
Measurements
2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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