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Kashira with a "Namazu" (Earthquake Fish)

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Description According to Japanese legends, a large catfish who lives underground is responsible for earthquakes. The catfish is known as "namazu." Humans are often depicted trying to subdue him with a gourd. The motif symbolizes futile effort. This kashira is part of a set with Walters 51.913.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
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Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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19th century (late Edo)
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm) (l.)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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