※This is antique. It has aged deterioration over time.
It is a bell called the “Hontsubo Bell” that witten with the “Tokugawa clan” and the “Toshogu Shrine(東照宮)”. The Bell is thought to have been dedicated in the first year of Genroku(1688). Also, “Boshin(戊辰)” refers to the year that is more than 8 years divided by 60.
Tokugawa Family … Their clan managed politics in the Edo Shogunate(1603~1867).
Tokugawa Ieyasu … He was the first general of the Edo Shogunate. He fought as a Daimyo during the Sengoku period and later managed Japanese politics.
Mitsuba-aoi … It is a type of aoi-mon (mallow patterns), which have been used as Tokugawa family crests. It is forbidden for anyone other than the Tokugawa family to use it, and it has been regarded as a symbol of authority.
Toshogu … The shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. The most famous of them is Nikko Toshogu.
Hontsubo-Bell … It ’s a bell that rings at a shrine.
Genroku … The era name of Genroku indicates the period from 1688 to 1704. The first year of Genroku is 1688.
Title: Scenery during the journey
Signature: NO SIGNED
Material: Wood, Seashells
Width Depth Hight Weight 47 cm (approx.) 18 cm (approx.) 43 cm (approx.) 1,010 g (approx.)
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It is a small container for carrying medicine and tobacco leaves.
In Edo period, Samurai have a habit of carrying regular medicines in Inro, which are used regularly and are popular as accessories that represent Edo crafts.
It has a flat rectangular shape and is made of wood so that it can be divided into four stages. A string was passed to both sides of each step, fastened with a netting for preventing fall, and the string was sandwiched between bands.
Vertical Horizontal Weight Layers 7.5cm 6cm 40g 4
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Length Width Weight 39.0 cm 1.0 cm 450 g
What is Jitte?
Jitte is the specialized weapon used by the police officers during the Edo Period(1603-1868). During the Edo period, Samurai warriors played a role as police officers. Jitte means ten hands in Japanese. This weapon is called Jitte because it is so powerful that its user feels it worth ten hands for one Jitte.