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Kozuka with Mule Emerging from Gourd
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Kozuka with Mule Emerging from Gourd


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The horse at the upper left is emerging from the gourd at the lower right. This is 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. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquistion unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Unread; [Signature] 藤義敬彫; [Transliteration] Fuji Yoshiyuki horu; [Translation] Carved by Fuji Yoshiyuki
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1850 (Edo)
Medium
silver, gold, brass
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.1208.4
Measurements
L: 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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