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Kashira with a Gourd and a Horse
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Kashira with a Gourd and a Horse


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Description The kashira is designed in the shape of a gourd. A horse is shown emerging from the side of the gourd. This is an illustration of the idiom "like a horse coming out of a gourd," which is used to describe unexpected things. The saying may have developed from stories of the Chinese immortal Chokaro (Ch. Zhang Guo [Chang Kuo]) who carried his magical mule in a gourd. The kashira is part of a set with Walters 51.970.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
19th century (?) (Edo)
Medium
copper, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.971
Measurements
L: 1 7/16 in. (3.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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