Menuki (hilt ornament) in form of a lobster - ROM2005_1581_6

ROM2005_1581_6

Menuki (hilt ornament) in form of a lobster

Medium:Copper, cast and gilded
Geography: Japan
Date: 18th century AD
Period: Edo period
Dimensions:
1.4 x 6.6 cm
Object number: 925.29.28
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Carlos Buhler
On view
Gallery Location:Prince Takamado Gallery of Japan
DescriptionWith the emergence of the warrior class during the Heian period (794 - 1192), the sword served as both the promise and delivery of the samurai's spirit as a warrior. By the 11th century, the long, characteristically curved, single-edged blades familiar today had become the norm. After the start of the Momoyama period (1573 - 1603) swords were reserved for the exclusive use of the samurai class. Upper rank samurai commissioned elaborate mounts and fittings for their treasured blades, such as these menuki.
Collection:
Japan
Browse Categories:Weapons & Armour
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