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Tsuba with Bats and Crescent Moon
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Tsuba with Bats and Crescent Moon


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description At the top of this tsuba, a bat flies through the night sky. A new moon is in on the right. A second bat is at the lower right. On the reverse, incised lines at the lower left indicate water. Bats are a symbol of happiness.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 味墨; [Translation] Miboku
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
18th-19th century (Edo-Meiji)
Medium
sentoku, gold, silver
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.229
Measurements
2 3/8 x 2 1/8 x 1/8 in. (6.1 x 5.4 x 0.39 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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