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Object Number: 48-28-5
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Japan
Date Made: 18th Century - 19th Century
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1899
Credit Line:Gift of Mason W. Zimmerman, 1948


Very fine case for carrying a brush and ink. This is an illustration of the re-use of sword fittings. The pommel (kashira) forms the lid, while the collar (fuchi) makes the sides of the box. The set was made by the Goto family. The design depicts a carp swimming in waves. The carp, which flings itself again and again up the cataract until at last it succeeds in mounting it, stands for bravery and perseverance and is a symbol often seen in Japanese art.


[Catalogue] 1981. Echoes of the Samurai: An Exhibition of Japanese Arms and Armor. : Page/Fig./Plate: 21View Objects cited in this Publication

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