Wakizashi Koshirae for Samurai Sword (Koshirae-04)
Oval-shaped brass handguard with Kozuka and Kougai holes
Two Samurai fighting against are engraved. As they ride their horses and wear dignified armor, they could be judged, high-ranked Samurai. This handguard describes a scene of a battle. These Samurai’s faces and motions, the movement of waves, show us a dynamic and uplifting feeling.
The scabbard is painted with glossy black and brown lacquer. Two different colors coat it alternately; this type of decorative painting is called Fuemaki-Nuri (笛巻塗). During the refining stage of lacquer, it’s mixed with iron. The luster of the black coat is made from the oxidation effect of iron.
The handle is covered with stingray skin to reinforce the handle and not slip when its owner holds it. The black thread includes the handle with the Hishi-Maki technique, a kind of Tsukamaki method.
Samurai, who wears a gorgeous armor and hold a fan, is engraved on the Kashira. You can also find another Samurai on the Fuchi. It seems he stands on the ship and commands something to his subordinates. There is an interesting legend related a fan at the waterside battle in Heike Monogatari (平家物語, The Tale of the Heike). This is a scene during the battle of Yashima (1185), the conflict between Heike (Taira family) and Genji (Minamoto family). Minamoto no Yoshitsune ordered Nasuno Yoichi to shoot the fan that is put at the long pole in enemy’s ship. Yoichi entered in the water riding his horse and released his arrow from the bow. Eventually, his arrow shot the fan and protected Genji’s honor. This pommel might have had inspired by this anecdote.
Samurai riding horses are designed on both sides.
A hart mark is engraved on the handle with the Sukashi-Bori technique (openwork). This mark is Inome-Mon (猪目文), Inome means boar’s eyes. This pattern is used since ancient times, and it looks similar to the heart mark. People believe Inome pattern works as an amulet to protect us from evil spirits or fire accidents. Also, it’s said it brings good luck. This pattern is often found in traditional Japanese architectures such as shrines or temples and used Gegyo (decoration under the roof, where the roof is jointed) or metal fittings for hiding timber joints.
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