Description In Japanese, the expression for speaking illogically is to argue that a crow is heron. The pairing of a heron and crow is a metaphor for the opposites of ying and yang. At the lower right of this tsuba, a crow and a heron perch on a willow branch. The heron is made of a silver alloy, while the crow is made in copper alloy. On the reverse, a moon appears at the top over a stream.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 江戸住 奈良作; [Transliteration] Edo jû Nara saku; [Translation] Living in Edo, made by Nara
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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