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Tsuba with Grapevine and Squirrels
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Tsuba with Grapevine and Squirrels


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Grapevines hang down from the top of this tsuba. Over the plugged hole for the hair pick, a squirrel is perched on the vine. At the bottom of the tsuba is another squirrel. On the reverse, another squirrel looks up at the grapevines.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 江戸住 斎藤富隨; [Transliteration] Edo ju/Saito Tomiyuki; [Translation] Living in Edo/Saito Tomiyuki
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1st half 19th century (late Edo)
Medium
copper, gold, shakudo (gold-copper alloy)
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.173
Measurements
H: 2 15/16 × W: 2 11/16 × D: 5/16 in. (7.4 × 6.8 × 0.8 cm)
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