Round tsuba depicting Sōsan, a Paragon of Filial Virtue, and his mother

Details

  • Title

    Round tsuba depicting Sōsan, a Paragon of Filial Virtue, and his mother

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    17th century (1601 - 1700)
  • Material and technique

    iron, with cut and filed openwork decoration, and with engraved decoration; tang-hole plugged with soft metal, probably copper

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    7.4 x 7.4 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.10036

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  • Catalogue text

    Sparse openwork depicting the story of Ts'ao Ts'an (in Japanese Sōsan), one of the Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety, who, when a boy, gathering firewood in the forest, was summoned home to his mother by an act of mental telepathy; the two figures are here shown, the mother on a veranda, with two small faggots and a tuft of herbage below and clouds above; engraving finish.

Glossary of terms

tsuba

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