Description Images pairing horses and monkeys are common because monkeys were believed to keep horses calm within a stable. Monkeys are often shown as grooms for horses. On this kozuka, a horse is shown galloping across the front. On the reverse, a framed inset depicts a monkey tied to a poll. The artist's signature is within this inset, which contributes to its resemblance to a painting. The background of the kozuka is worked in a fish egg ("nanako") pattern.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 青春貫; [Translation] Ao Harutsura
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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