Description Nine different forms of fish and sea creatures are illustrated on this tsuba. All are regularly consumed as part of the Japanese diet. On the front, a spiny lobster is at the lower right. Proceeding around in a clockwise direction are a flounder, a puffer fish, a second flounder, and a sea bream. On the reverse are a snapper, an octopus, an eel, and a flounder.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 行年六十九歳 壽翁政美; [Transliteration] Konen roku ju kyusai/Juo Masayoshi; [Translation] 69 years old/Juo Masayoshi
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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