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Tsuba with a Tiger and a Dragon
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Tsuba with a Tiger and a Dragon


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A tiger crouches at the right side of this tsuba. Across the top is a dragon. The reverse shows the dragon's tail and a waterfall. Pairings of dragons and tigers show the power of the elements (the dragon) over even strong animals (the tiger).
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Seal] Naoshige; [Signature] 鉄元堂 正楽; [Translation] Tetsugendo/Shoraku
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
18th century (Edo)
Medium
iron, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.199
Measurements
2 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1/8 in. (6.3 x 5.74 x 0.38 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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