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Tsuba with the Bodhisattva Kannon
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Tsuba with the Bodhisattva Kannon


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The bodhisattva Kannon sits on the right side of the tsuba. While the bodhisattva is neither a man nor a woman, depictions of this type have a distinctly feminine aspect. She is called the "White Robed Kannon" because of her costume. She sits near a waterfall. Kannon is a compassionate deity who helps humans achieve Buddhahood. The reverse of the tsuba depicts lotus flowers, which are associated with Buddha and other Buddhist deities.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 夏應; [Translation] Natsuo (kao); [Seal] Natsuo
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1848-1898 (Edo-Meiji)
Medium
iron and brass with silver alloy and gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.218
Measurements
3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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