Description A large crane hovers at the top of this tsuba. Its wings follow the curve of the tsuba body. The depiction of the crane continues onto the reverse, where the crane's legs can be seen. The body of the tsuba is covered in a repeating pattern of small dots known as fish eggs ("nanako-ji"). The crane is a auspicious motif and a sign of longevity.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 佐野直好; [Translation] Sano Naoyoshi (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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