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Sword stand
  • Sword stand
    Tomita, Koshichi, born 1854 - died 1910
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Sword stand

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1868-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tomita, Koshichi, born 1854 - died 1910 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    wood covered in gold <i>nashiji</i> (irregularly-shaped flakes of gold suspended in clear or yellowish lacquer resembling pear skin), gold <i>takamaki-e</i> (<i>maki-e</i> in which parts of the design are raised by adding clay or charcoal powder) and fundame (a matt densely sprinkled fine gold powder lacquer ground).

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Major Nathan CMG

  • Museum number:

    M.1082-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A sword stand (katana kake) consisting of a pair of shaped feet, each supporting an undulating upright, surmounted at the top with a u-shape indentation, together providing the rest for a sword; a horizontal panel between the two uprights, from the feet to around half way up, provides support to the overall structure. The stand is made of wood covered in gold nashiji (irregularly-shaped flakes of gold suspended in clear or yellowish lacquer resembling pear skin), with a chrysanthemum mon (family badge) in gold takamaki-e (maki-e in which parts of the design are raised by adding clay or charcoal powder) in the centre of each side of the panel. All edges are finished with a thin fundame band (a matt densely sprinkled fine gold powder lacquer ground).

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1868-1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Tomita, Koshichi, born 1854 - died 1910 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

wood covered in gold nashiji (irregularly-shaped flakes of gold suspended in clear or yellowish lacquer resembling pear skin), gold takamaki-e (maki-e in which parts of the design are raised by adding clay or charcoal powder) and fundame (a matt densely sprinkled fine gold powder lacquer ground).

Marks and inscriptions

Tomita Koshichi surrounded by a rectangular box in gold hiramaki-e (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it hardens so that it is in low relief) lacquer).
Respecfully made by Tomita Koshichi
The inscription is under one of the feet

Dimensions

Height: 25.7 cm, Width: 40.32 cm

Object history note

This sword stand, decorated with the imperial chrysanthemum mon (family badge) was undoubtedly made for the emperor to present as a gift, probably to one of his generals. Koshichi Tomita is known to have made many pieces for the Imperial household.

Descriptive line

Sword stand, wood covered in gold lacquer, with a a chrysanthemum mon (family badge) in raised gold lacquer, signed Koshichi Tomita, Japan, ca.1868-1910

Materials

Wood; Wood; Lacquer

Techniques

Lacquering

Subjects depicted

Chrysanthemums; Mon

Categories

Lacquerware; Arms & Armour

Collection

East Asia Collection

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