Katana-zutsu sword-case.

Katana-zutsu sword-case
Collection MAE RAS: № 13-9b
Image ID: 1242067772
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Museum inventory number:
№ 13-9b
Title:
Katana-zutsu sword-case
Dating:
late 18th – early 19th c.
Location:
Japan
Materials:
paulownia, lacquer vanish, Japanese washigami paper, water color, glue
Technics:
lacquering, painting
Dimensions, cm:
the bottom part: 121.0 x 23.0 x 8.0; the cover: 121.0 x 23.0 x 5.0
Collector:
Overmeer Fisscher, van Iohann Friedrich, Foreign corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences in St.Petersburg
Commentation:
This case seems to be specially made to the order of Overmeer Fisscher for placing his katanas mentioned above. The case consists of the bottom part with two cross-bars for placing swords and the cover; both are covered with black kuro-urushi lacquer at the outside, whereas at the inside it is decorated with ornamented washigami paper. The ornament is known as chiyogami - a wood-block print of various stylizes flowers (lotuses, peonies, bitter orange blossoms, etc.) on the red-brown background. A brass medallion in the form of a chrysanthemum is attached to the front side of the case.