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Tsuba with Dragon and Jewel

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description On the right side of the tsuba, the body of a gold dragon appears to emerge from the tsuba. Part of the body can also be seen on the reverse. At the top of the tsuba, the dragon holds a tide controlling jewel in its hand. Dragons were associated with water and the sea. The background of the tsuba is worked in a fish egg pattern ("nanako-ji"). 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.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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19th century (Edo)
shakudo, gold
(Arms & Armor)
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H: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
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Not On View


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