University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameTsuba
Object Number: 21669
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Japan
Credit Line:Gift of Sarah Frishmuth, 1899


Tsuba in sentoku (a brass alloy). An ape is shown reaching for a persimmon, from the Japanese fable Saru kani kassen, about a feud between a greedy ape and a crab. The difference in color on the part formerly covered by the base of the hilt indicates that this tsuba was used for a long time. It is in the style of the Nara school, late nineteenth century.


[Catalogue] 1981. Echoes of the Samurai: An Exhibition of Japanese Arms and Armor. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 23 no.9View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1900. "Collections and Publications". Bulletin of the Free Museum of Science and Art. Vol. II (No. 3): 172-180. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 177View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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