Description At the top of this tsuba, a bat in flight is shown in front of a slender crescent moon. At the bottom is a grave marker that has fallen over on its side. Next to the marker are chrysanthemums and a rock. A snake crawls across the top of the marker. This may be an allusion to a story about Ono no Komachi, a 9th-century poet. The story is told in the Noh play "Sotoba Komachi."
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Bonji inscription possibly containing the characters for Fugen Bosatsu and Senju Kannon in Sanskrit]; [Signature] 信時; [Translation] Nobutoki
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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