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Tsuba with Spiny Lobsters and Seaweed
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Tsuba with Spiny Lobsters and Seaweed


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This tsuba shows two spiny lobsters among seaweed. The lobster on the front is made of copper; the one on the back is gold. The lobster is frequently part of New Year's decorations. Its doubled over body is considered a sign of honorable old age.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 大森英秀; [Translation] Omori Teruhide
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
2nd half 18th century (mid Edo)
Medium
shakudo, gold, copper
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.121
Measurements
2 15/16 x 2 13/16 x 3/16 in. (7.4 x 7.1 x 0.44 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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