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Tsuka with Emperor, Dragon and Tiger
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Tsuka with Emperor, Dragon and Tiger


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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.
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Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
19th century (Edo-Meij)
Medium
wood, ivory, gold, sentoku, copper
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.1232.3B
Measurements
L: 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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