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Tsuba with an Immortal with His Tiger
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Tsuba with an Immortal with His Tiger


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description On the right side of this tsuba is a Chinese immortal standing with a tiger. It is either Bukan (Ch. Fung Gan), who would ride his tiger around his monastery to shock others or the Taoist sage Koreijin (Ch. Gu Lingren), who is accompanied by his white tiger. Tigers are said to turn white when they reach the age of five hundred years. The tiger demonstrates the power of sage's wisdom, because he was able to tame such a strong animal. On the left is a bamboo grove.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 美春作; [Transliteration] Yoshiharu saku; [Translation] Made by Yoshiharu
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
mid 19th century (late Edo-Meiji)
Medium
silver
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.181
Measurements
2 11/16 x 2 5/8 x 3/16 in. (6.9 x 6.6 x 0.42 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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