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Tsuba with Kamatari with the Jewel
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Tsuba with Kamatari with the Jewel


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Description The man standing on the boat at the right of this tsuba is Kamatari, the founder of the powerful Fujiwara family. He was a historical figure who died in 669, but this episode is from a legend. His daughter had become the empress of China and sent a boatload of treasures, including a valuable jewel, back to Japan to be used for a temple. The Dragon King of the sea stole the jewel and hid it in his temple. Kamatari retrieved it with the help of a diver girl, who sacrificed herself to ensure the jewel was returned to Kamatari. On the tsuba, he is shown with the jewel after its return.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
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Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
n.d.
Medium
copper, gold details, shibuichi
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.204
Measurements
2 7/16 x 2 x 3/16 in. (6.18 x 5.04 x 0.48 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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