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Kozuka with the Chinese Immortal Gama
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Kozuka with the Chinese Immortal Gama


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The man shown leaning on his walking stick is the Chinese immortal Gama. At the bottom is a three-legged frog. Gama's spirit was able to leave his body to wander and once returned to find the body unfit to re-inhabit. He put his spirit into the nearest creature, which was a frog. This kozuka still has its blade, which is signed.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 河内守国助; [Translation] Kawachinokami Kunisuke; [Date] unread on blade; [Translation] 1624 (?) 1658 (?) 1661(?)
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
17th century (early Edo)
Medium
iron, shibuichi, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.897
Measurements
L: 8 1/8 in. (20.7 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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