Title: Ebi Shimenawa Kazari
This Fuchi Kashira is made from copper. The Ebi (海老, shrimp) and the Shimenawa (しめ縄, a sacred rope) are designed and inlaid with golden metal (probably brass). As these motifs are carved semi-three-dimensionally, it gives the reality that looks as if they were there.
According to a theory, Japanese people already ate shrimp in the Heian period (794-1185). However, it was expensive for ordinary citizens, so that only the nobility and high-class people could enjoy it. Today, shrimp is an indispensable ingredient for Japanese New Year’s cuisine. People started using shrimp as a good-omen pattern and appreciated designing it for their family crests in the Muromachi period (1336-1573). In Samurai’s society, as shrimp is covered with a hard shell, it was thought that shrimp represents the figure of a brave Samurai who wears the armor. Shrimp has been likened to an older adult because of its long feelers. Also, shrimps actively jump even though they are bowed. That is the reason why the shrimp pattern is treated as a symbol of perpetual youth and longevity.
Now please focus on the Fuchi part. You would find the “Shimenawa (しめ縄)” pattern. The Shimenawa is a decoration of a sacred straw rope that we could find in shrines. It is used as a barrier between the god area and this world. It is said it works for protection, meaning corrupted things cannot enter the inside of the border. We would say this Fuchi Kashira contains various positive items.
*As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.
What is Fuchi Kashira?
Fuchi Kashira is a kind of metal fitting of the Japanese sword, which improves the handle’s strength. Fuchi Kashira is a combination of two parts; Fuchi and Kashira. Fuchi was put next to Tsuba (hand-guard), and Kashira was put on the grip bottle. Fuchi Kashira had developed not only its practicality but also beauty for the decoration of the Japanese sword.
Why is it that the sword mounting was important for Samurai?
The sword mountings of the Japanese sword have many kinds of decorations such as handguards (Tsuba), sword hilt (Menuki), pommel (Fuchi Kashira). The Japanese sword worked as a weapon and as an object to show who he was. For example, it shows their personalities and beliefs. You could say that it is like decorations for smartphones today. We recommend you zoom in on the pictures of the sword fittings. When you do so, you can see the skill of Japanese metal engraving techniques. They are mainly made of iron and copper with inlays of gold, silver, and bronze. When it comes to handguard (Tsuba), each one has a different outline and weight. These sword fittings that have lived with Japanese swords of the same age might be worth as much as the Japanese swords. They are inconspicuous parts of the Japanese sword. Nevertheless, if you are knowledgeable or particular about it, you will become a connoisseur of the Samurai.
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【How to make sure the condition】
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