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Tsuba with Sea Creatures: Eel, Flying Fish, Spiny Lobster, and Octopus
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Tsuba with Sea Creatures: Eel, Flying Fish, Spiny Lobster, and Octopus


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Various sea creatures crafted in different metal alloys are depicted on this tsuba. Along the upper right edge is a spiny lobster, which is often used as a symbol of longevity. At the lower right is a flying fish. An octopus occupies the lower left. On the reverse are an eel and another fish along the lower edge.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
n.d.
Medium
iron, copper, gold, silver, shakudo
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.285
Measurements
2 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 3/16 in. (6.33 x 5.69 x 0.55 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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