Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Two Edo p. Ema Shinto Votive Offerings, Swords
Please refer to our stock # MOR6957 when inquiring.
A sword in hand forged iron is suspended by its tang in a wooden votive plack, while a sword in age darkened brass decorates another, both dated on back to the end of the Edo period. The first is mounted on a straight-grain clear-cedar panel with austere frame dated on back the 8th month of Keio 3 (1867, the last year of the Edo period).
It is 18 x 31 x 4 cm (7-1/2 x 12 x 1-1/2 inches). The other is mounted on a straight-grain clear-cedar panel with decorative edges dated on back the third month of Ganji Gannen (1864). It is 23 x 30 x 4 cm (9 x 12 x 1-1/2 inches). Entirely original, they is in overall fine condition, with marks consistent with age. Ema were works of art created as a gift to a shrine or temple to cull favour with the gods or give thanks for some success.
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