Description The pine tree and bamboo decorations on the right side of the tsuba are part of traditional New Year's decorations. Both pine and bamboo are considered felicitous. Behind the pine, a rope decorated with hanging straw pendants wraps around the edge of the tsuba to the reverse side. At the lower left on the front are two small figures performing a manzai dance to celebrate the New Year. One beats a small drum, while the other dances with a fan. Both wear masks. The back shows the reverse side of the decorations which appear on the front. Note the unusual basket weave design on the metal plugging the hole for the hair pick on the right.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License