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Tsuka with Animals

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Description Three animals, all of which appear regularly in Japanese folk tales, are featured on this tsuka. The kashira is in the shape of a monkey. This is probably made by the same metalworker who made the accompanying fuchi because there is a folk tale about an encounter between a monkey and crab (which is shown on the fuchi). One menuki is in the shape of a badger. The other is of a rabbit pounding rice cakes. This is the figure said to be in the moon. The tsuka 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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2nd half 19th century (Meiji)
brown lacquer, iron, ray skin, gold, copper
(Arms & Armor)
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L: 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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