Tsuba with amariō, or rain dragon, amid flowers

Details

  • Title

    Tsuba with amariō, or rain dragon, amid flowers

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    18th century (1701 - 1800)
  • Material and technique

    iron, with openwork decoration, and traces of gold nunome-zōgan decoration; ryōhitsu rims with gold nunome-zōgan decoration; tang-hole plugged with soft metal, probably copper

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    7.9 x 7.8 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Dame Jemima Church, in accordance with the wishes of her Husband, Sir Arthur H. Church, 1929.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EAX.10799

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  • Catalogue text

    A "smooth" dragon and three star-like flowers with nine-pointed leaves among minute karakusa scrolls; roughly oblong seppadai with border of shallow grooves pointing outwards; narrow ryōhitsu borders richly gilt in nunome; all the remaining surfaces, including the rounded border, but excluding the grooves and the scrollwork surrounding the dragon, are covered with the remains of gold wire nunome in a cross-hatched pattern.

Glossary of terms

nunome-zōgan

tsuba

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