Nobility Katana Kake $1000.
Late Edo period (1867)
Length       31cm                  Width             38cm
Height      53cm                  Weight          1.97kg

The House Emblem closely resembles that of the Okubo clan. The Okubo were descended from the Utsunomiya family and were for a time known as the Utsu. They were retainers of the Matsudaira family and in the service of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Lacquered with Vermillion, an opaque orangish red pigment, used since antiquity, and originally derived from the powdered mineral 'cinnabar'.

Maki-e is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or a variety of metal powders as a decoration using a Makizutsu or kebo brush. The technique was developed mainly in the Heian period (794-1185) and blossomed in the Edo Period (1603-1867).
It requires highly-skilled craftsmanship to produce Maki-e art-work.

The only missing piece of a Kake over 200 years old.
  The size, shape and design of this stand confirms it as being a household item for court nobles, royal families, or a military leader as an indication of power.

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