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Chrysanthemum crane Tsuba, 17th century

This is a Tsuba. It is dated 17th century and we acquired it in 1936. Its medium is iron, shakudo (a soft copper and gold alloy). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

A Japanese sword guard fitted between the hilt and blade, the tsuba is typically a highly decorative object. This pierced tsuba bears traditional Japanese imagery of the crane, a symbol of longevity and good fortune, surrounded by the chrysanthemum flower, also representative of longevity, as well as rejuvenation, and found on the Imperial Seal of Japan. Such traditional objects inspired Western decorative motifs, particularly in the Aesthetic movement, after Japanese ports opened in 1853.

This object was catalogued by Rebekah Pollock. It is credited Bequest of George Cameron Stone.

  • Vase (USA), 1901
  • glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Marcia and William Goodman.
  • 1984-84-24

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 8.5 × 83.2 × 5.2 cm (3 3/8 × 32 3/4 × 2 1/16 in.)

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Chrysanthemum crane Tsuba, 17th century; Japan; iron, shakudo (a soft copper and gold alloy); H x W x D: 8.5 × 83.2 × 5.2 cm (3 3/8 × 32 3/4 × 2 1/16 in.); Bequest of George Cameron Stone; 1936-4-314

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.

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