Round tsuba with animals of the Chinese zodiac amid rocks

Details

  • Title

    Round tsuba with animals of the Chinese zodiac amid rocks

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

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

    iron, with gold nunome-zōgan decoration

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    7.5 x 7.5 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

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EAX.10822

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  • Catalogue text

    Modelled in sharp relief with the animals of the Chinese zodiac amid rocks- on the front the hare, the ape (supporting the hitsu-border), the goat, horse, snake and dragon, with the sun-disk amid clouds; at the back are the tiger, bull, rat, hog, dog, and cock, with clouds above; the sun and details of the clouds and animals gilt in nunome; sharply raised rounded border; normal sd.

Glossary of terms

nunome-zōgan

tsuba

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