It has a flat rectangular shape and is made of wood to be divided into five stages. A string was passed to both sides of each step, fastened with netting to prevent fall. Furthermore, the string was sandwiched between bands.
The bird taking rest on the cherry blossom tree’s branch is Kiji (雉, pheasant), Japan’s national bird. This bird has a fertility rate, so that it has been treated as a symbol of prosperity of offspring. It has beautiful feathers and has been appreciated as a magnificent motif since ancient times.
Cherry blossom is also an auspicious design. Cherry blossom is one of the seasonal things of spring, and it has been loved for a long time. Its pattern is designed not only for sword mountings but also for Kimono (traditional Japanese costume) or furnishings. It has believed the god of grain exists in cherry blossom. Therefore, this flower pattern has been treated as a symbol of a plentiful harvest. People held a traditional event under cherry blossom trees to pray for a bumper year in ancient times. It is the origin of the cherry-blossom viewing picnic today.
*As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.
What is Inro?
Inro is a small container for carrying medicine and tobacco leaves. In the Edo period, Samurai had a habit of carrying regular medicines in Inro, which were used daily and were popular as accessories that represent Edo crafts.
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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【How to make sure the condition】
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