The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Meiji Black Persimmon Sword scabbard adorned with Skull

Meiji Black Persimmon Sword scabbard adorned with Skull


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1410846

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A skull lies lost in the dried grasses carved across the dark patterns in the rare Kurogaki Black persimmon wood forming this sword scabbard. On one side is an ebony Kozuka knife, opposite is fixed the decorative handle of a Kogai. Dating from the latter half of the 19th century (Late Edo to Meiji) it is 42 cm (16-1/2 inches) long and in overall excellent condition. It currently encases a wood blade used when a sword is in storage. It is signed inside the handle of the kozuka small knife. There is a tape mark on one side, and two wormholes, as well as a bit of damage inside where the Kozuka fits. Otherwise it is in excellent condition.
Kurogaki is a rare ebony wood, which comes from the heart of or diseased parts of an old persimmon tree. Its rarity makes it highly prized, and as it is usually a heartwood, it is rare to see wide planks.