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Tsuba with a Fallen Grave Maker
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Tsuba with a Fallen Grave Maker


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
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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Period
ca.1650-1700 (Edo)
Medium
iron, copper, gold, silver, shakudo
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.232
Measurements
2 13/16 x 2 11/16 x 1/8 in. (7.14 x 6.84 x 0.38 cm)
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Not On View

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