Tsuba depicting the Three Sake Tasters around a wine jar


  • Title

    Tsuba depicting the Three Sake Tasters around a wine jar

  • Artist/maker

    probably Motozane I (1739 - 1829) (armourer)
  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    probably 1809
  • Material and technique

    shibuichi, with iro-e zōgan (multi-metal inlay) decoration, and katakiri engraving (oblique chisel-cuts)

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  • Dimensions

    7.3 x 6.9 cm (height x width)
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  • 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

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  • Catalogue text

    Low or sunk relief and iroye incrustation, with katakiri; the Three Sake Tasters round a big wine-jar; at the back a pine-tree. Signed: Sekijōken [Japanese text] Taizan [Japanese text] Motozane [Japanese text] with kakihan [Figure], giōnen shichijissai ("aged 70"). (If Motozane I, as is probable, this dates the guard to about 1809, as he died in 1829, aged 90.)

    F. V. Dickins Collection.

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