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Tsuba with Taikobo (Ch. Tai Gongwong) Fishing without Bait
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Tsuba with Taikobo (Ch. Tai Gongwong) Fishing without Bait


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Description At the right of this tsuba, sits the sage Taikôbô (Ch. Tai Gongwang) fishing. His tea pot and basket are sitting behind him on the reverse. Taikôbô did not use bait, because he did not actually want to catch fish. He used fishing as an excuse to think about scientific questions. He met 12th-century BC emperor Wu Wang when the emperor was hunting and Taikôbô was fishing. The emperor was so impressed with Taikôbô, that he asked him to serve as a counselor. Taikôbô served the emperor for twenty years.
Exhibitions
  • Déjà Vu? Recurrence. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007-2008.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 弘直; [Translation] Hironao
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1st half 19th century (late Edo)
Medium
shibuichi, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.191
Measurements
2 5/8 x 2 7/16 in. (6.7 x 6.2 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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