Description The background on this tsuba is executed is the fish egg ("nanoko-ji") style. At the bottom are displayed a netsuke, inro, and money pouch. These objects were attached to the belt of traditional Japanese kimono in order to carry small objects, including money. The netsuke is in the shape of a monkey. The netsuke is at the top of a cord connecting the other objects and serves as a counterweight to secure them to the belt ("obi"). The inro, often called a medicine case, comes first on the cord and the money pouch is last. On the reverse is a folding fan ("sensu"). This was also a commonly carried object.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 石黒政美; [Translation] Ishiguro Masayoshi (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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