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Tsuba with Dragon and Waves
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Tsuba with Dragon and Waves


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A dragon's head and part of his body appear above the central opening of this tsuba. At the bottom and left are waves. Dragons were traditional said to control the seas, so they are often depicted with waves.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Date] 文政九[ ][ ]; [Transliteration] Bunsei Kyû [ ] [ ]; [Translation] Ninth year of Bunsei (1826); [Signature] 大月光興; [Translation] Ôtsuki Mitsuoki (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1826 (late Edo)
Medium
silver alloy
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.386
Measurements
H: 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan, Osaka (Place of Origin)
  • Japan, Kyoto (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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