sengoku period clothing

TessenFighting fanMid Edo Period (1615 - 1867), Iron, paper with silver-leaf and bamboo.Menhari-gata (opening fan), sensu-gata (enlongated shape)Lenght: 33 cm. - Width open: 54.5 cm.Iron fan with an elegant shape, with nine 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 easily employed as a suitable side arm with only minor modifications....

Shodana
ShodanaLate Edo period (1615-1867)Hiramaki-e, takamaki-e and gold kirikane.92 x 76 x 31 cmProvenance:Kyoto, Arashiyama MuseumLiterature:Tetsu to urushi no geijutsu - Kyôto Arashiyama Bijutsukan zôhinshû, Kyôto, 1986, pag. 70The construction of this antique shodana is somehow different and richer than the traditional Japanese model: even if in fact there are the fundamental elements, which are a lower compartment closed by two sliding doors and three intermediate shelves, in this piece, there are many other closed parts, including two drawers. More, there are several...

Mizusashi
 Mizusashi named “Matsugane”Water JarKo-Bizen, 16th centuryCeramic, 16 by 15 by 14.5 cmThis powerful mizusashi is characterized by the strong asymmetrical decoration; it exudes a raw energy that is inescapable, naturally drawing viewers in closer to ponder the dynamics of its creation. The body is naturally ash-glazed (shizen-yu) on one side, while the rest is left in plain clay with some light effects of koge (burn area) and hidasuki (reddish marks obtained burning straw on the clay). The glazed side, the one to be shown to guests...

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