University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameTsuba
Object Number: 21671
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Japan
Credit Line:Gift of Sarah Frishmuth, 1899
Other Number88-16-114 - Other Number


This pickled bronze tusba depicts the "three friends in winter." On the face is bamboo, which springs back upright after the snow has melted; the reverse shows pine, which stays green in winter, and a plum tree, which blossoms while the snow still covers the ground. These trees are frequently used symbols of samurai bravery. In the style of Goto Ichiyo, very late nineteenth century. Inlay in silver and gold on iron. Snow indicated by golden flecks. Signed and inscribed. Very good. Holes for side daggers plugged, indicating this is for dress occasion. Engraving of katakiri style. Verse also engraved in free style caligraphy.


[Catalogue] 1981. Echoes of the Samurai: An Exhibition of Japanese Arms and Armor. : Page/Fig./Plate: 23 no.10View Objects cited in this Publication

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