Description The earthquake-fish ("namazu") is a large catfish with a body that resembles an eel. It was thought to live underneath the Japanese islands and cause earthquakes by its movements. The god Kadori Myôjin was thought to rub it with a gourd to help keep it quiet. The kozuka shows two figures with gourds attending to the earthquake-fish.
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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