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Kozuka with Dragon and Tiger
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Kozuka with Dragon and Tiger

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Description This elaborate kozuka features a dragon and a tiger. These are the two strongest animals and sometimes used to represent the ruler and his advisers. The dragon's head is at the top and its tail is at the bottom. A tiger is also at the bottom. Along the top are decorations similar to roof tiles. A curved piece runs along the bottom edge. Kozuka in this shape were made by Hirado Kunishige and his students.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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18th century
copper, gilt
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
3 3/4 in. (9.6 cm) (l.)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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