Description This tsuba shows the Taoist immortal Gama, who is always accompanied by a frog. The frog, who only has three legs, is on the reverse side. Gama's spirit was able to leave his body to wander and once returned to find the body unfit. He put his spirit into the nearest creature, which was a frog.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 政春造; [transliteration] Masaharu zo [Translation] Made by Masaharu
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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