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Tsuka with Phoenix and Paulownia
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Tsuka with Phoenix and Paulownia


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Three "hô-ô" birds, which are visually similar to the phoenix of Western mythology, appear on this tsuka. Each menuki is in the shape of a "hô-ô" on the branch of a paulownia tree and the kashira is also decorated with a gold "hô-ô." "Hô-ô" are associated with good rulers and considered an auspicious sign. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquistion unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
19th century (Edo-Meiji)
Medium
shakudo, gold, silver; ray skin; baleen
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.1202.3B
Measurements
L: 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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