Antique Japanese Sword Menuki Flower Design - Bookshelf
Finely executed ornaments for the sword hilt, these are typical of the samurai accessories that found their way out of Japan in ... The pieces on the left and in the middle are menuki (hilt decorations)—one depicting tiny figures playing chess and the ... Depicted are courtiers under a cherry tree, with birds, flowers, and hanging gold poem cards on the reverse. ... Louis Comfort Tiffany and architect Charles Greene were among the many lured by old sword guards of the defunct feudal ...
About this book
During America's Gilded Age (dates), the country was swept by a mania for all things Japanese. It spread from coast to coast, enticed everyone from robber barons to street vendors with its allure, and touched every aspect of life from patent medicines to wallpaper. Americans of the time found in Japanese art every design language: modernism or tradition, abstraction or realism, technical virtuosity or unfettered naturalism, craft or art, romance or functionalism. The art of Japan had a huge influence on American art and design. Title compares juxtapositions of American glass, silver and metal arts, ceramics, textiles, furniture, jewelry, advertising, and packaging with a spectrum of Japanese material ranging from expensive one-of-a-kind art crafts to mass-produced ephemera. Beginning in the Aesthetic movement, this book continues through the Arts & Crafts era and ends in Frank Lloyd Wright's vision, showing the reader how that model became transformed from Japanese to American in design and concept. Hannah Sigur is an art historian, writer, and editor with eight years' residence and study in East and Southeast Asia. She has a master's degree from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and is completing a PhD in the arts of Japan. Her writings include co-authoring A Master Guide to the Art of Floral Design (Timber Press, 2002), which is listed in "The Best Books of 2002" by The Christian Science Monitor and is now in its second edition; and "The Golden Ideal: Chinese Landscape Themes in Japanese Art," in Lotus Leaves, A Master Guide to the Art of Floral Design (2001). She lives in Berkeley.
A samurai in full dress fairly bristled with swords, for beside the tanto and Katano he frequently wore the metezashi stuck in his ... First, the kashira or top of the hilt and the flat ring behind the guard that holds it in place ; then the menuki, the little ... It presents a beautiful silver-gray, satiny surface, and has worked upon it the favorite design of one of the Seven Gods of ... of the greatest of all the famous smiths, Munechika, who flourished 986 A. D., so that it is nearly a thousand years old.
This piece is an example of Ko-Mino (“old” Mino) work, referring to sword fittings made in Mino province (presentday Gifu Prefecture) from ... Most are decorated with autumn flowers and insect motifs, although there are some with deer and monkeys. This is a typical Ko-Mino kfigaiz made of shakudfi, with a deeply chiseled design; narrow overall, with a swelling shoulder; ... L. of menuki, 3.7 cm ( 1'/2 in.) ...