Description The seated figure in a cart on the kashira might be the Chinese general Gentoku (Ch. Liu Bei [Liu Pei]). He was an important figure in the 2nd century and his story is part of the legend "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Gentoku eventually became emperor of Shu [Shu]. A dragon appears over his cart to protect him. The menuki are in the shape of a dragon and a tiger. These two animals are commonly paired as a symbol of a ruler and his advisers. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquistion unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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