Tsuba with blossoming plum tree


  • Title

    Tsuba with blossoming plum tree

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

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

    sentoku, with cut and filed openwork decoration, and red and yellow champlevé enamel decoration; tang-hole plugged with soft metal, probably copper

  • Dimensions

    8.5 x 8.5 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

    Roughly circular; modelled in openwork as a gnarled old plum-tree, with numerous large blossoms, mostly enamelled red with yellow centres.

    Formerly in the collection of M. B. Huish; exhibited by him at the Japan Society's Loan Exhibition, London, 1905, no.S.7, plate 25; later in the Behrens Collection, no.1680, plate XXX.

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