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.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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