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Antique Menuki for Samurai Sword(M-6)

$111.94

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Title: Sasa and Sparrows

Signature:NO SIGNED
Age:Edo period
Material:Shakudou (mixture of copper and gold)

Menuki made of Shakudou. Shakudou contains copper and a little amount of gold so that it makes purplish black color. This Menuki is the combination of Sasa (leaves of bamboo) and some birds. It’s said that bamboo pattern represents eternity and longevity so that its leaves coud be given same meaning. These birds might be sparrows because it’s quite familiar bird to the Japanese and it has positive meaning. As sparrows make a flock and act togather, its pattern symbolizes  prosperity and rich harvest. Sparrows and several leaves are decorated with gold. 

(Both of them are same sizes)

Size Thickness Weight
1.2cm×4.5cm 0.7cm 7.0g

M000006

 

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SKU: M-6 Categories: ,

Title: Sasa and Sparrows

What is Menuki?
Menuki is a kind of metal fitting of the Japanese sword, which was initially put into the hole of the handle. It covers Mekugi (nail) so that the blade of a sword will be fixed. Originally, Menuki was used to hold Mekugi, but they became separated over time. And then, Menuki had developed not only its practicality but also beauty for the decoration of the Japanese sword.
Menuki became more decorative from the early modern times. Since it had been attached under the Tsukamaki (the handle of the Japanese sword wrapped by thread), Menuki played an essential role in making it easier to grip the handle of the 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.

Would you like see some more Menuki for sale? Please check the link below. We hope you can find your favorite Menuki.
https://www.samuraimuseum.jp/shop/product-category/decorations/menuki/

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Shipping Duration
We ship via EMS (Japanese Postal Service). It normally takes at least 5-14 days to receive any packages after you place an order.
It might take longer depending on the season or custom clearance. We will inform your order’s tracking number via email.

*Please keep in mind there is a significant delay expected in delivery with EMS in some countries due to the pandemic in the world. We offer free shipping only when we can ship by EMS. Therefore, if you like us to ship with a different shipping carrier such as UPS, we will charge additional costs. If you want to know the detail of shipping, please feel free to contact us.

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