Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Rare! Muromachi period Takatsuki with Mitsuba-Aoi Crest
A Takatsuki stand of wood covered in black lacquer decorated with scrolling vines among which are randomly placed crests in the design of the Daruma Wheel on the stem, and the heraldic Mitsuba-aoi hollyhock crest within the tray. Slightly warped and worn with the centuries, finding a piece from this era in such good, original condition, is exceedingly rare. Early Muromachi, 14-15th century, it is 30 x 30 x 28.5 cm (12 x 12 x 11-1/2 inches).
The Mitsuba-aoi crest is associated in modern times with the Tokugawa clan, however many clans used the crest in the past, as it was the crest of the Kamo-jinja Shrine. THe Aoi is a two leafed plant, so a three leafed Aoi is somewhat equivalent to a four leaf clover, although perhaps far more rare or strictly mythical. Many local clans in Mikawa, such as the Matsudaira clan, the Sakai clan and the Honda clan, used the aoi-mon as their family crests. Gradually through the Edo period the use of the Mitsuba Aoi was severely restricted to only those associated with the Edo Bakufu (Shogunate).
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