This gift is made in Japan. It is called the Takaoka Copper Crafts, which is a traditional craft in Japan. A famous Samurai’s helmet is designed on each one.
This Samurai helmet-shaped figurine is inspired by Oda Nobunaga (織田 信長). He was born in Owari-no Kuni (尾張国, today’s Aichi prefecture) in 1534. The Oda family was not high-ranked; however, because they valued the economy, they owned massive assets and practically controlled Owari-no Kuni. As for his biography, he had his Genpuku (元服, coming-of-age ceremony) at 13 and went into battle for the first time at 14. Then, when he was 19 years old, his father passed away, and he took over as head of the Oda family. After going through many historical wars, Nobunaga was on the verge of unifying Japan, but his life ended due to the betrayal of his vassals. It is the famous incident: Honnouji-no Hen (本能寺の変, the Honnouji Incident). It was an incident in which Alechi Mitsuhide (1528-1582) rebelled in the early morning of June 2, 1582, and attacked his lord, Oda Nobunaga, who was staying at Honnouji Temple in Kyoto. Nobunaga was attacked while sleeping, and when he realized that he was surrounded, he set fire to the temple and committed suicide.
Although his life was short (only 49 years), his life showed a flexibility that overturned the old ways of the time. For example, he hired talented people one after another, regardless of their social status, and gave them rewards. He built a gorgeous castle and opened it to the public and charged a fee to see it, or he changed the market structure and opened business freely for people. There are many accomplishments like this. It could be said that he was wise in that he was not bound by common sense and always came up with various ideas to give himself an advantage. It is well known that he had a ruthless side. However, he is one of the people whose name could definitely be mentioned as a widespread military commander.
What is Takaoka Copper Crafts?
It is considered to be the root of Takaoka Douki (高岡銅器, Takaoka Copper Crafts) that the Kaga Maeda (加賀前田) family invited seven foundries to Takaoka (高岡) area in the early Edo period. At first, iron castings for agricultural machinery and other products were the mainstay, which grew to become Takaoka town’s primary industry. It started as hardware for daily necessities, but copper castings eventually began to be produced.
Copper casting is a material that could be used to create complex and delicate shapes compared to iron and other materials and has the advantage of being highly workable. In the late Edo period, works of art and Buddhist utensils began to be made that took advantage of the characteristics of copper. As the number of varieties increased, decorative techniques such as coloring, inlay, and metal engraving also developed, and the products were exhibited at the 1867 Paris Universal Exposition and received very high praise. After that, from the Meiji period to the Taisho period, innovations in manufacturing techniques occurred, and production increased dramatically, leading to the area being recognized as a significant producer of copperware. Copper also has excellent corrosion resistance and does not rot like iron even when exposed to wind and rain, so many bronze bells and swords excavated from ancient ruins have retained their original form and are more than 1,000 years old. Many of the pagoda-top metal objects and utensils of the temples that were preserved retain their beauty even today.
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, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.
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【Give the Tsuba as a special gift】
Are you looking for a special gift for a person who is interested in Japanese culture? We recommend you to give an antique Tsuba as a present for your significant other. Tsuba is an integral part of the Samurai sword, which was once a primary weapon for Samurai. Each Tsuba is a unique item and has a different design. We hope it would be a memorable gift. Now it is time for you to share the beauty of a piece of Samurai history with your family members or friends, for instance. Also, gift wrapping is available for Tsuba; it is for free. Here is an example of wrapping. For more information, please feel free to contact us. It is always our pleasure to serve you.
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