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Tsuba with a Dragon Holding a Pearl
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Tsuba with a Dragon Holding a Pearl


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A dragon wraps around this tsuba, holding a pearl of wisdom at the upper left. These pearls are said to be used by dragons to control the tides of the ocean. Clouds around the dragon's body form the secondary holes for the utility knife and hair pick.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 正楽; [Translation] Shôraku
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
18th century (Edo)
Medium
iron and gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.236
Measurements
H: 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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