Tsuba depicting the Chinese generals Kuan Yü and Ch'ang Fei

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  • Title

    Tsuba depicting the Chinese generals Kuan Yü and Ch'ang Fei

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    2nd half of the 18th century
  • Material and technique

    sentoku, with cut and filed openwork decoration, and iro-e zōgan (multi-metal inlay) decoration; tang-hole plugged with soft metal, probably copper

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  • Dimensions

    7.1 x 6.6 x 0.5 cm (height x width x depth)
  • 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.10984

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  • Catalogue text

    Low-relief modelling with iroye incrustation and partial openwork, depicting the famous Chinese generals Kuan Yü (Japanese Kwanu) and Ch'ang Fei (Chōhi) in a rocky hollow to right, the former standing while the other sits reading a scroll; near by is a small cascade, and another hollow in the rock forms the kodzuka-hole; at the back are their two horses and the gnarled trunks of three big trees. Signed: Kōto no jū ("resident of Yedo") Fuji [Japanese text] Kōzui [Japanese text]. (This is perhaps Murota Kōzui, younger brother of Murota Kwanzui I, said to have been a pupil of the founder.)

Glossary of terms

sentoku

tsuba

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