Kozuka, detail of monkey design

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Title

Kozuka, detail of monkey design

Subject

Arts; Government-Military;

Description

Kozuka detail, mottled metal with respousse in gold and black. Design: monkey with horse on opposite side. Sheath for challenge knife (kozuka). Blackened steel and gold. Very fine workmanship and in excellent condition. This metal sheath is one of 16 in a two-layered lacquer box. Making sword fittings (menuki) has been an Art in Japan since the time of the machishu, the 17th c. Kyoto, Osaka, Sakai predecessors of the chonin of Edo (now Tokyo), the latter being the creators of Ukiyo-e. This sheath is of extremely high quality, something true of others in its group. Any are fit for a museum, but I chose this one because its decoration was so amusing. In Japan, the horse is a standard gift to a temple. When a horse is too expensive, a painting of a horse (ema) can be substituted. This knife sheath bears an image of an ema on one side. The square frame of the ema is shown and within it, a monkey holding a long line. The line goes outside the ema over to the other side of the sheath. There, the tethered horse gallops away.

Contributor

Berea College

Rights

Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgement to be given to the ASIANetwork-Luce Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Project and to the college from whose collection the work comes. The individual college retains copyright to the work.

Relation

soclaa000538

Format

image/jpeg

Language

Japanese

Type

still image

Identifier

soclaa000539

Coverage

Japan
Japan - Edo-Tokugawa 1615 - 1868
n.d.

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

900 w x 525 h, 72 ppi

Files

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Citation

“Kozuka, detail of monkey design,” ASIANetwork IDEAS Project, accessed December 17, 2017, http://www.ideasproject.org/items/show/885.