Description The man riding the carp on this tsuba is the Chinese immortal Kinkô (Ch. Kingao [Kinkao]). Kinkô was said to have lived over two centuries and frequently painted fish. The king of the fish offered him a journey through the river. After his visit, Kinkô appeared briefly to his disciples, asked them to never kill fish, and then disappeared into the river. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1111.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 宝花堂 勝政; [Translation] Hôkadô Katsumasa
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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