Title: (F-14) Landscape, Pine trees (F-15) Turtles (F-18) Water Birds
Fuchi Kashira was made of copper. Houses and giant pine trees are engraved. Please look at Kashira. If you focus on the house’s back, you can see two triangular constructions that look like a tent. It might be Komomaki for pine trees. Komomaki is the method of wrapping with straw for exterminating harmful insects. This way has been used since the Edo period, and it is one of the charms of winter in some areas in Japan, especially in parks, but it is not a measure against the cold. As it is found in the cold season, this Fuchi Kashira might describe a scene of winter lives. Small circle patterns that are inlaid with gold can be regarded as snow.
As pine trees keep its green color throughout the years by withstanding severe heat and cold, it is treated like a good luck symbol. Also, some people believe mountain hermit lives at pine trees and eat its nuts. Based on this belief, it is said that the pine tree represents longevity.
Fuchi Kashira was made of copper. Its base is decorated with Nanakoji-Tagane (chisel for metalworking). Nanakoji-Tagane hit the groundwork, so small dents cover the background. Each little dot looks like a fish egg. When “Nanakoji” is written in Japanese, the characters which mean children of fish are used. That is why this decorative technique was named Nanakoji.
Several turtles are engraved and inlaid with gold. There is a proverb in Japan, which means cranes live for 1,000 years; turtles live for 10,000 years. It might sound exaggerated, but it is used as an idiomatic expression to explain good health and long life. As the proverb says, turtle lives a long life; therefore, turtle and turtle’s shell pattern represent longevity. Also, according to a theory, it is the symbol of a happy marriage. The turtle is one of the most famous traditional motifs among Japanese people.
Fuchi Kashira was made of copper. There are some small birds that are inlaid with gold. And you can find a kind of basket on the ground. This Fuchi Kashira might describe a scene at the waterside.
What is Fuchi Kashira?
Fuchi Kashira is a kind of metal fitting of the Japanese sword, which improves the strength of the handle. 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 bottle of the grip. 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 not only worked as a weapon but also 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 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 in the same age might be worth as much as the Japanese swords. They are inconspicuous parts of the Japanese sword. Yet, if you are knowledgeable or particular about it, you will become a connoisseur of the Samurai.
Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, original Japanese sword mounting, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.
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