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Tsuba with Banana Trees, Snail and Mushroom
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Tsuba with Banana Trees, Snail and Mushroom


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The dominant figures on this tsuba are two banana trees shown along the right side. At their bases is a rock. Along the upper most leave is a snail, who appears to be looking down over the edge of the leaf. On the reverse is a similar scene, with a single banana tree. Two mushrooms grow at the tree's base.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 後藤法橋; [Translation] Goto Hokkyo; [Signature] 一乗; [Translation] Ichijo (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1824-1863 (late Edo)
Medium
shibuichi, copper, gilt
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.279
Measurements
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan, Kyoto (Place of Origin)
  • Japan, Tokyo (Edo) (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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