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Kozuka with Tiger and Moon
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Kozuka with Tiger and Moon


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Description A large tiger dominates this kozuka. Tigers were considered the strongest animal. A small crescent moon is above the tiger's back and wraps around to the reverse of the kozuka. The inscription on the back reads "A fierce tiger roars, the moon rises above the mountains." The roaring of the tiger is symbolic of the teachings of Buddhism. The moon rising symbolizes enlightenment.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On reverse: 猛虎一聲山月高; [Transliteration] Môko issei sangetsukô; [Translation] A fierce tiger roars, the moon rises above the mountains; [Signature] On kozuka: 宗珉; [Translation] Sômin
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
1670-1733 (late Edo)
Medium
shibuichi, shakudo, gold, silver
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.822
Measurements
3 3/4 in. (9.6 cm) (l.)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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