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Sword-Hilt Collar and Pommel (Fuchigashira)

Fittings maker:
Inscribed by Ishiguro Koreyoshi (Japanese, active 19th century)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Gold, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), copper
Dimensions:
L. of fuchi 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); W. of fuchi 7/8 in. (2.2 cm); L. of kashira 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); W. of kashira 5/8 in. (1.6 cm)
Classification:
Sword Furniture-Fuchi-Kashira
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. George A. Crocker (Elizabeth Masten), 1937
Accession Number:
38.25.73a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
The design features a legendary Chinese character, Jurōjin (Shou Laoren in Chinese), revered in Japan as one of the Seven Gods of Happiness and Good Fortune. He is usually represented undre a great pine tree as a white-haired and bearded old man, carrying a tall staff and accompanied by a deer, all symbols of the blessings of longevity.
Inscription: Inscribed on fuchi: KANSAI ISHIGUROKOREYOSHI.
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