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Kozuka with Taikôbô Fishing
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Kozuka with Taikôbô Fishing

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The 12th-century Chinese sage Taikôbô (Ch. Kiang Tsze Ya) is shown sitting on a rock, fishing. Taikôbô fished without bait because he went fishing in order to have time alone with his thoughts, not to catch fish. He became a counselor to Emperor Si Peh. The background is a fish egg pattern ("nanakoji"), and the kozuka has a raised rim.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] On kozuka: 後藤顯乘; [Translation] Gotô Kenjô
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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shakudo, gold, silver
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
L: 3 3/4 in. (9.6 cm)
  • Japan, Kyoto (Place of Origin)
  • Japan, Tokyo (Edo) (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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