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Tsuba with Crabs and Lotus Plants
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Tsuba with Crabs and Lotus Plants


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The body of this tsuba is made with two different metals affixed together and carved to resemble wood grain. The left half is iron and the right half is brass. A long stalk of pampas grass is along the right side, with two crabs along the bottom. The reverse is a copper and tin alloy decorated along the bottom with a crab and lotus plants.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 三東子; [Translation] Santôshi
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
late 19th century (Meiji)
Medium
iron, sentoku, gold, copper, shibuichi, shakudo
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.263
Measurements
3 3/8 x 2 15/16 x 3/16 in. (8.63 x 7.54 x 0.5 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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