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Tsuka with Catfish Menuki
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Tsuka with Catfish Menuki

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Description This hilt is wrapped with baleen. On either side are menuki depicting a catfish and a gourd. The catfish are a reference to a Zen riddle questioning how one can capture a catfish with a gourd. The kashira at the end repeats same stylized gold waves used on the tsuba. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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19th century (?)
lacquer, brown lacquer, gold, copper, silk, same or ray skin
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L: 12.6 cm (12.6 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
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