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.
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Edo p. Shogun Lacquered Stand, Tokugawa Clan

Edo p. Shogun Lacquered Stand, Tokugawa Clan

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1800: Item # 1475286
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A small portable rack commonly called a Te-nugui-kake (wash Towel Stand) covered in black lacquer with ornate brass fittings and decorated with the Mitsuba-Hidari Aoi Domoe (Left Swirling Triple Hollyhock) crest restricted to the use of the Tokugawa Shogun family. It breaks down into 5 pieces for portability and storage. Assembled it is 68.5 x 22.5 x 58 cm (27 x 9 x 23 inches) and is in overall good condition considering its age. There are chips to the edges and other mars typical of use.
It is said that the reason Tokugawa Ieyasu adopted the Aoi, which was originally the crest of Kamigamo Shrine, as a family crest, was that he wanted to prove the dignity of the origin of his samurai family as parishioners of Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, which descended from the Nitta-Genji clan. There are many versions of the Mitsuba Aoi crest of the Edo Shogunate, those in use by the government, and those in use by branch families and tributaries, however the left swirling crest (as seen here) was restricted for the use of the direct lineage of the Shogun. It is, in fact, quite a rarity.