This antique wooden sword stand is suitable for exhibiting a Katana sword. And you could also display a Daisho (Katana & Wakizashi) set, as seen in example pictures.
About the design, this sword stand has a gorgeous and elegant look. On the front, you would find a Kabuto (兜, Samurai helmet), and a bow and arrows are depicted. And a family crest is drawn on the side of this Kabuto. This family crest is called the Hidari Mitsu Tomoe (左三つ巴), which is one of the Tomoe (巴) patterns. We could find the same mark on the Maedate (前立, front decoration of helmet) also.
The Hidari Mitsu Tomoe is a design in which three Magatama (勾玉, comma-shaped bead)-shaped patterns are arranged in a swirl to the left. There are several theories about the origin of the Tomoe design. According to an idea, it was modeled on the shape of the Magatama, or it was based on the swirling of flowing water. It is also said that the Tomoe pattern comes from the Tomo (靹). It is a tool attached to the inside of the left wrist when shooting a bow to prevent the bowstring from hitting the arm or bracelet after shooting an arrow. The Tomoe pattern represents water, so that people treated it as a talisman to prevent fire. It was often applied to the roof tiles of shrines. It is because people believed the Tomoe design would exorcize evil spirits.
As mentioned above, this motif also has been used for family crests. For example, Shimizu Muneharu (清水宗治, 1537-1582) used the Mitsu-Domoe (三つ巴) design. He fought against Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣秀吉, 1537-1598) for he served. However, the battle situation was not good, and Muneharu thought he could no longer win. Then he decided to obey Hideyoshi’s request. He saved the lives of his subordinate soldiers by committing Hara-kiri (腹切り, also known as Seppuku, a ritual act of killing oneself by cutting one’s stomach open with a sword). A theory says the idea that the Seppuku was an honor of Samurai was taken root among Samurais due to Muneharu’s graceful attitude. Of course, famous warlords other than him also used the Tomoe crest as their family crest, suggesting it was one of the trendy designs.
In addition to armor and weapons directly related to the samurai, motifs such as family crests related to the person’s family lineage are incorporated, making it a design that is genuinely suitable for displaying Japanese swords. We hope you will exhibit a piece of Samurai history on this sword stand and enjoy appreciating its beauty.
*As this product is an antique, there are small scratches and dents on the wood. Please check each photo and ensure its condition.
*Please note that these replica swords are NOT included in this item.
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