Description At the upper left of this tsuba is a new moon. On the right, an owl perches on the branch of a flowering plum tree. A nightingale, on the lower left, flies under the branch. On the reverse, one bird is at the lower right. Bamboo and a branch are on the lower left. The nightingale and the plum tree may be a reference to a poem by Hakurakuten (Ch. Bai Juyi [Po Chü-i] 776-846).
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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