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Tsuba with a Crow and a Heron on a Pine Branch in Rain
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Tsuba with a Crow and a Heron on a Pine Branch in Rain


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A crow and a heron are perched on a pine branch at the lower right side of this tsuba. The heron is made of silver, and the crow is made of a copper alloy. The silver of the heron would have originally been white. The white heron and the black crow appear as a metaphor for the pairing of opposites or ying and yang. Incised lines indicate rain. There is a pine branch on the reverse.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 伯量 ; [Translation] Hakuryu
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
mid 19th century (Edo-Meiji)
Medium
copper, gold and silver detail
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.203
Measurements
2 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 3/16 in. (6.1 x 5.7 x 0.43 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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