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Tsuba with Temple Bell and Sparrows
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Tsuba with Temple Bell and Sparrows


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description At the right of the tsuba is a temple bell surrounded by cherry blossoms. Two sparrows fly across the upper left. On the reverse, driving rain obscures the scene of a building in the background with a pine tree on the left. At the bottom is a pine branch supported by logs. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Date] On bell: 安政二乙卯; [Transliteration] Ansei ni kinoto u; [Translation] Ansei 2 (1855), year of the rabbit; [Signature] 利廣; [Translation] Toshihiro (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1855 (late Edo)
Medium
shakudo, copper, silver, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.1233.2
Measurements
H: 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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