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Tsuba with Shinno (Ch. Shen Nong)
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Tsuba with Shinno (Ch. Shen Nong)

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Description The Chinese sage Shinnô (Ch. Shen Nong) sits by a tree near a stream chewing on grass. Shinnô wears a coat of leaves and has two small horns on his head. He is one of the legendary rulers of China, so he is often called an emperor. Shinnô is credited with inventing the plow and the harp. He also expanded the number of ideograms for the written language from eight to sixty-four. On the reverse of the tsuba is a waterfall.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
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Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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iron, gold, shibuichi
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Accession Number
3 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 1/4 in. (7.9 x 7.4 x 0.65 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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