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Tsuba with Dragonflies
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Tsuba with Dragonflies

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This tsuba shows two dragonflies facing each other across the central opening. The upper dragonfly is executed in silver and gold. The lower is made from a silver alloy. The bodies of both dragonflies continue on the back. Dragonflies are a symbol of autumn. They are also a reference to the islands of Japan because the shape of the islands has been said to resemble a dragonfly.
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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ca. 1800
iron, silver, gold, shakudo
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
3 3/16 x 3 in. (8.1 x 7.7 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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