Description This stylized form of lion developed from images of lions imported to Japan from China. The two Chinese-style lions ("shishi") are in gold over a background of fish egg pattern ("nanakoji"). The artist's signature is on the back. This kozuka is almost identical to Walters 51.713, except that there is a gold bar behind the lions.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] On kozuka: 菊岡光利; [Translation] Kikuoka Mitsutoshi
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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