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Tsuba with Fireflies in Bamboo
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Tsuba with Fireflies in Bamboo


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The raised rim of this tsuba is in the form of bamboo stalks. On the front, two fireflies are depicted nestled in bamboo. On the reverse is a stalk of bamboo and water. Fireflies are associated with summer and appear in many legends. The one that might be most appealing to warriors says that two species of fireflies in Uji, near Kyoto, re-fight the battles of the 12th-century Genpei wars. Catching fireflies on summer evening was an elegant past time.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 岩本寛斎; [Translation] Iwamoto Kansai (kao); [Date] 慶應丙寅竹春; [Transliteration] Keio ni hinoe-tora chikushun; [Translation] 2nd year of Keio (1866), year of the fiery tiger, August
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1866 (Edo)
Medium
shibuichi, gold, copper, shakudo
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.231
Measurements
2 9/16 x 2 5/16 x 1/8 in. (6.5 x 5.9 x 0.39 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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