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Tsuba with Autumn Flora
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Tsuba with Autumn Flora


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This tsuba combines five of the celebrated flowers of autumn. The uppermost stalk on the right is pampas grass. Below that are maiden flowers, arrowroot and Chinese bell flowers. A tendril of bush clover crosses along the bottom on the tsuba. These flowers and grasses were regularly invoked in Japanese poetry and painting to signify autumn.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 壽岳斎 石黒政美彫之; [Transliteration] Jugakusai Ishiguro Masayoshi kore o horu; [Translation] Engraved by Jugakusai Ishiguro Masayoshi; [Date] 文政七甲秋造之; [Transliteration] Bunsei shichi saru shu kore o zo; [Translation] Made in the autumn of the year of the monkey, seventh year of Bunsei (1824)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1824 (late Edo)
Medium
shakudo, gold alloy, gold, shibuichi, and copper
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.309
Measurements
H: 3 5/8 × W: 3 7/16 × D: 3/8 in. (9.2 × 8.8 × 0.9 cm)
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Not On View

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