Description This tsuba depicts the ancient sport of falconry. Originally a past-time for the nobles, it was also actively practiced by members of the warrior class at the time this tsuba was made. A mounted hunter is on the right with a falcon on his arm. He is attended by a servant. On the reverse, another servant has a dog on a leash. Dogs were also used in falconry.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 長常; [Translation] Nagatsune (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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