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Tsuba with Cranes
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Tsuba with Cranes

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Description Surrounding the central openings of this tsuba are twenty three cranes carved in silver, gold, copper, and a mixed metal alloy called shakudo. Cranes are symbols of longevity and frequently appear in a celebratory context. The reverse of the tsuba has twenty cranes in a similar configuration.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 廉乗作 光晃; [Translation] Kenjo saku/Mitsuaki (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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19th century (late Edo)
shakudo ( gold-coper alloy), gold, silver, copper
(Arms & Armor)
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H: 3 3/16 × W: 3 1/16 × D: 1/4 in. (8.1 × 7.7 × 0.6 cm)


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