Tsuba depicting Ono Michikaze in a landscape


  • Title

    Tsuba depicting Ono Michikaze in a landscape

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

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

    iron, with iro-e zōgan (multi-metal inlay) decoration in metals including gold; tang-hole plugged with soft metal, probably copper

  • Dimensions

    7.3 x 6.7 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • 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.


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  • Catalogue text

    In bold iroye incrustation is the Japanese statesman Ono Michikaze (wrongly called Dōfū, 896-966), wearing Court dress and holding an umbrella; he stands by a stream watching a frog trying to leap up to the leafless branches (gold) of a willow on the opposite bank; scene continued at the back; rain depicted by fine raised lines.

    The incident is on all fours with that of Bruce and the spider.

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