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Tsuba with Shinnô (Ch. Shen Nong)
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Tsuba with Shinnô (Ch. Shen Nong)

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The Chinese sage Shinnô (Ch. Shen Nong) is shown here sitting with a Chinese boy, who appears to read to him from a scroll. Shinnô is usually shown holding or eating blades of grass and has two small horns on his head. Shinnô is credited with inventing the plow and the harp. He also expanded the number of ideograms for the written language from eight to sixty-four. On the reverse of the tsuba is a waterfall and a pine tree.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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iron, shibuichi, gold, copper, shakudo
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Accession Number
2 13/16 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in. (7.16 x 7.06 x 0.51 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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