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Tsuba with a Long-lived Tortoise (Minogame) with a Tail of Seaweed
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Tsuba with a Long-lived Tortoise (Minogame) with a Tail of Seaweed


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Description The turtle on this tsuba is a divine tortoise that can live one thousand years. The "tail" is actually made of water plants that have grown in the tortoise's shell because it has lived so long. This turtle is a symbol of longevity. The right hand side of the tsuba is primarily the turtle's shell. The "tail" sweeps around the left edge to meet to turtle's head at the lower right. A space left between the tail and the central opening created the opening for the utility knife.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 謙光斎 原一和; [Translation] Kenkôsai Hara Kazutomo
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1830 (late Edo)
Medium
silver alloy
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.384
Measurements
3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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