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Tsuka with Horse, Gourd and Rooster
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Tsuka with Horse, Gourd and Rooster


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The menuki are in the shape of two horses and a gourd. This may be an illustration of the idiom "like a horse coming out of a gourd," which is used to describe unexpected things. The saying may have developed from stories of the Chinese immortal Chokaro (Ch. Zhang Guo [Chang Kuo]) who carried his magical mule in a gourd. A rooster is on the kashira. 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 unread text on gourd
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
19th century (Edo-Meiji)
Medium
dark brown lacquer, silver, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.1199.3B
Measurements
L: 3 7/8 in. (9.9 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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