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Tsuka with Elephant Head
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Tsuka with Elephant Head

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This unusual tsuka is shaped like an elephant's head, with the trunk extended. Elephants are not native to Japan, but during the 18th century at least two were brought to the country as gifts by foreign traders.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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19th century (Edo)
shibuichi, gold
(Arms & Armor)
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L: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
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