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Tsuba with Snail and Insects
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Tsuba with Snail and Insects


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The variety of insects on this tsuba illustrates the sensitivity towards nature in traditional Japanese culture. Along with flowers and birds, insects can be emblematic of a specific season. The insects on the front of this tsuba are associated with summer and autumn. At the upper right is a spider, with a grasshopper and a praying mantis beneath it. A beetle and a snail are shown at the bottom.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 田中篤明; [Translation] Tanaka Tokuaki.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1840-1889 (late Edo, Meiji)
Medium
iron and silver with gold, shakudo, and shibuichi
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.335
Measurements
2 in. (5.1 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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