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TessenFighting fan Mid Edo Period (1615 - 1867), Iron, paper with gold leaf, black pigment, bamboo.Menhari-gata (opening fan), sensu-gata (enlongated shape)Lenght: 36 cm. - Width open: 60 cm.Bearing a kanamono in shakudo Iron fan with an elegant shape, with an unusually high number of bamboo ribs.Customarily carried in the hands or tucked in the obi (belt), the folding fan  played a significant role in Japanese etiquette, especially on formal occasions, and was rarely ever out of a samurai's possession. Perhaps because it was considered such an ordinary item, it was...

Gunbai UchiwaA rare long war fan DATELate Edo period, 18th - 19th century MEDIUMLacquered wood and metal fittingsLENGTH74.5 cmCERTIFICATENKBKHK Tokubetsu Kichou Shiryo The various implements used by samurai commanders to signal orders on the battered field or to direct troop movements were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a fixed fan, was the equipment that was used by generals and daimyō and hence became a symbol of power.The flat part of this gunbai is decorated with a circle of thirty-four stars on a ōhirame ground (flat-hammered gold balls) with the...

Wooden netsuke of a shishi with tamaSigned Shozan, Nagoya School19th CenturyEbony netsuke; eyes inlaid in dark hornSigned Shozan in a rectangular reserve3.3 cm highThe shishi is represented hunched over a foliate tama while another smaller ball is inside its mouth. The himotoshi are formed by a gap in the tail beneath.Shozan, sometimes referred to as Masayama, is a pupil of Sato Masayoshi, from which other similar versions of this subject are recorded. Netsuke for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: net-711 

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