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Tsuba with Chinese Star Gods
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Tsuba with Chinese Star Gods


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Description The three Chinese star gods, Lu, Fu, and Shou, are collectively worshiped to bring good fortune. The stars appear at the upper left of the tsuba, just above the distant mountains. At the lower right of the composition, the personifications of the stars stand beneath a pine tree. A fourth man has his back to the viewer, observing them. On the reverse, another Chinese gentleman stands gazing to the left. In the mountains behind him, the top of a temple pagoda stands among the mountain peaks.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 政貞; [Translation] Masasada
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1st half 18th century (mid Edo)
Medium
iron, silver, gold, shakudo
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.336
Measurements
2 3/4 x 2 9/16 x 3/16 in. (6.98 x 6.58 x 0.43 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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