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About the work

Walters Art Museum Object Description

The front of the kozuka depicts six of the seven celebrated autumn flowers worked in various metals. The flowers are bush clover, mist flower, chrysanthemum, pampas grass, fringed pink flower, and Chinese bell flower. On the reverse, which would have been hidden when the kozuka was sheathed in the scabbard, is an assignation scene between a gentleman and a lady in the costume of Heian period courtiers. Behind them is a koto instrument. One of the robes they have cast off is also decorated with pampas grass. This is part of a mounted set.

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