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Tsuba with One Hundred Monkeys
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Tsuba with One Hundred Monkeys

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description One hundred monkeys was a typical motif for Mitsuhiro and other members of his school. A multitude of monkeys are carved into the body of the tsuba. Their eyes are highlighted in gold. Hidden throughout the design are monkeys with special characteristics. In the upper portion are the three monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. At the lower right, two monkeys are neck-wrestling with a rope tied around their necks. In the upper left section, a monkey holds a giant peach. At the lower left, a monkey has a bag over its shoulder. In the upper right is a monkey carrying fan or a baton. This tsuba is similar to another in the Walters collection by the same artist made of copper (51.112). Other known examples by Mitsuhiro are almost all in the same style with a single motif carved throughout the tsuba.
Date Description Narrative
9/15/1976Examinationexamined for exhibition
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 肥州矢上住 光廣; [Transliteration] hishu yagami ju/mitsuhiro; [Translation] Living at Yagami in Hizen province/Mitsuhiro
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1770-1823 (Edo)
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
2 7/8 x 2 11/16 x 3/16 in. (7.25 x 6.88 x 0.52 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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