Aori-shaped tsuba depicting Shōki in a rain storm


  • Title

    Aori-shaped tsuba depicting Shōki in a rain storm

  • Associated place

    Japan (place of creation)
  • Date

    1795 - 1841
  • Material and technique

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

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  • Dimensions

    6.1 x 5.1 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

    Thin aori, with bold "wire" edge; in katakiri engraving with iroye inlay is Shōki walking over a plank bridge in a rain-storm; at the back a tiny demon hides by clinging to one of the bridge-piers. Signed on the field at the back: Mitsuhiro (same as the last) with kakihan [Figure] and chiribamu ([Japanese text], "engraved").

    Ernest Hart Collection.

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