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Sugiura Jôi - Tsuba with the Legendary Chinese ruler Shinnô - Walters 51369

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Sugiura Jôi - Tsuba with the Legendary Chinese ruler Shinnô - Walters 51369

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The Chinese sage Shinnô (Ch. Shen Nong [Shen Nung]) is on the right side of the tsuba, eating a blade of grass. He has two small horns on his head. Shinnô is credited with inventing the plow and the harp. He also expanded the number of ideograms for the written language from eight to sixty-four. On the reverse is a mountain landscape.

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1701 - 1761
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Walters Art Museum
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