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Kozuka with Flower Cart with a Praying Mantis
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Kozuka with Flower Cart with a Praying Mantis


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Description The cart filled with flowers is a lucky flower cart, called a "hana kuruma." When shown with praying mantis, as here, the motif is meant to suggest the wheel of law. The wheel of law is a physical manifestation of Buddha's teachings.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 顕乗作 光理; [Transliteration] Kenjô saku Mitsumasa (kao); [Translation] Made by Kenjô, Mitsumasa
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1695-1742 (Edo)
Medium
shakudo, gold, silver
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.640
Measurements
L: 3 3/4 in. (9.6 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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