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Tsuba with Mythical Animals

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Three mythical animals are depicted in gold on this tsuba. At the top of the front is a dragon. Below is a "hô-ô" bird, often compared the phoenix of Western mythology. On the reverse, a "hô-ô" is at the top with a kirin at the bottom. The animals are surrounded by a floral motif. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisiton unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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late 19th century (Meiji)
iron, gold, silver
(Arms & Armor)
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H: 2 11/16 x W: 2 7/16 x D: 3/16 in. (6.8 x 6.2 x 0.4 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
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