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Tsuba with Monkeys
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Tsuba with Monkeys

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description On the right side of this tsuba are four monkeys grooming each other. An adult holds a young monkey at the rear of the grouping. In the front, another young monkey hangs upside down from the arm of the second adult. The reverse shows an overhanging rock on the right with a stream along the bottom. As in the west, monkeys were often anthropomorphized in Japanese legends and art.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 政盧作; [Translation] Masayoshi saku
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1764-1837 (Edo)
copper alloy, shibuichi (silver (?)), shakudo, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
3 1/16 x 2 15/16 x 3/16 in. (7.84 x 7.41 x 0.48 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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