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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