Description Hotei relaxes in a boat at the bottom of this tsuba, looking towards the moon on the upper left. Hotei is one of the seven gods of good fortune and is usually depicted as a jolly old man. An attendant accompanies him in this scene. On the reverse are two seals identifying the artist.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 一蠶堂; [Translation] Issando; [Seal] 乗意; [Translation] Joi; [Seal] 永春; [Translation] Nagaharu
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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