Tsuba depicting a Chinese emperor, his attacker, and a dragon


  • Title

    Tsuba depicting a Chinese emperor, his attacker, and a dragon

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1850
  • Material and technique

    iron, with cut and filed openwork decoration

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  • Dimensions

    7 x 6.6 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.

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  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

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  • Catalogue text

    Openwork completely in the round, within slender border; a Chinese emperor seated in his beehive-like chariot, from which his attacker rides away with lowered halberd; above is a dragon. Signed: Mito no jū Yoshihisa [Japanese text] saku.

    Wu Wang, founder of the Chou Dynasty of China, in 1122 B.C. led his forces against those of Shang. Attacked by Fang Hsiang with a spear, he was saved by the appearance of "a golden eight-clawed dragon".

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