Description This tsuba depicts Enshi (Ch. Yen Tzu), one of the twenty four paragons of filial piety from the Chinese Zhou [Chou] Dynasty (1122-255 BC). Enshi's parents had a eye ailment that could only be cured by deer's milk. His family was too poor to buy the expensive milk, so Enshi disguised himself like a deer in order to get milk directly from does in the herd near his home. The tsuba depicts two hunters on the right who almost kill Enshi because they think he really is a deer. Enshi is on the left, wearing a deer skin.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquistion unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 利壽; [Translation] Toshinaga (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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