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Tsuba with Lion Dancers
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Tsuba with Lion Dancers

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Description The lion dance is usually performed as part of the New Year's celebrations. On this tsuba, two performers dance in the lion costume, along with a third masked figure who is also part of the dance. The lion dance tradition developed in China from a belief that the dance would protect villages from evil spirits. Stylized lions such as this are known as Chinese lions (shishi) in Japan. A willow tree decorates the back and its boughs also appear in the upper portion of the front side. The tsuba is signed with a seal on the reverse.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by beqeust.
Inscriptions [Seal] 昆寿; [Translation] Konju
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1815 (late Edo)
sentoku, shibuichi with gold, silver and copper detail
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
3 1/16 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in. (7.7 x 7.03 x 0.42 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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