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Tsuba with a Gourd on a Vine
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Tsuba with a Gourd on a Vine


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Description In this openwork design, a gourd forms the right edge of the tsuba. The curve of the gourd creates space for the hair pick or utility knife opening on the right of the central opening. Vines and leaves occupy the upper and right sides of the tsuba. Gourds were a symbol of longevity and associated with autumn.
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
19th century
Medium
sentoku (copper-tin alloy) with details in shakudo (gold-copper alloy) and gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.273
Measurements
H: 2 11/16 × W: 2 9/16 × D: 3/16 in. (6.9 × 6.5 × 0.4 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)

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