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Egawa Toshimasa I - Fuchi with Fish and Bamboo - Walters 51920 - Back

Egawa Toshimasa I - Fuchi with Fish and Bamboo - Walters 51920 - Back

On either side of the fuchi are fish made of silver and shibuichi. The fish are accompanied by bamboo, suggesting they are displayed as foodstuff. This fuchi is part of a set with Walters 51.921.

Hamano Noriyuki - Fuchi with a Man Pouring Water or Sake into a Bottle - Walters 51942 - Mark A

Hamano Noriyuki - Fuchi with a Man Pouring Water or Sake into a Bottle...

At the center of the composition, a man in Chinese style dress is kneeling. In his right hand is a ladle he is using to pour liquid into a bottle on the ground. Tree branches frame him on either side. This may ... More

Hironao - Fuchi with Heron, Boat and Reeds - Walters 51928 - Mark A

Hironao - Fuchi with Heron, Boat and Reeds - Walters 51928 - Mark A

The prow of a rowboat is shown between reeds on the right. At the left is a heron in flight. This is part of a set with Walters 51.929.

Ishiguro Masachika - Fuchi with Floral Scroll and Diamond Crests - Walters 5112472A - Mark A

Ishiguro Masachika - Fuchi with Floral Scroll and Diamond Crests - Wal...

This fuchi is designed to fit next to the koi-guchi kanagu on the scabbard and the design crosses both pieces. It is decorated with a floral scroll motif and a crest ("mon") composed of diamonds. This crest was... More

Iwamoto Konkan - Fuchi with Halberd with Dragon's Head - Walters 51944 - Mark A

Iwamoto Konkan - Fuchi with Halberd with Dragon's Head - Walters 51944...

This fuchi shows the blade of a halberd with a dragon head decoration at its base. This halberd is the weapon of the 2nd-century Chinese general Kanyu (Ch. Guan Yu [Kuan Yu]). A fan of feathers ("hauchiwa") is ... More

Japanese - Fuchi with Chrysanthemums - Walters 5112932A

Japanese - Fuchi with Chrysanthemums - Walters 5112932A

The front is decorated with chrysanthemum blossoms and the reverse with chrysanthemum leaves. Two indentations allow the kozuka and the kogai to slide in and out of their mounting on the hilt. This is part of a... More

Japanese - Fuchi with Plum Tree and Bird - Walters 51996

Japanese - Fuchi with Plum Tree and Bird - Walters 51996

On the front is a plum tree in bloom. A bird is on the reverse. Both are emblems of spring. This is part of a set with Walters 51.997.

Japanese - Fuchi with Waterfall and Bamboo - Walters 5112323A

Japanese - Fuchi with Waterfall and Bamboo - Walters 5112323A

The top of a waterfall, surrounded by rocks and bamboo, is depicted on the front of the fuchi. This is part of a mounted set.

Katô Jûkashichi - Fuchi with Plum Tree Branches - Walters 5111662A - Mark A

Katô Jûkashichi - Fuchi with Plum Tree Branches - Walters 5111662A - M...

The plum tree branches depicted on the fuchi form part of a larger composition with the matching koi-guchi kanagu on the scabbard. Plums are the first flower to blossom in the spring. This is part of a mounted set.

Masanaga (a) - Fuchi with a Man Fishing - Walters 51994 - Back

Masanaga (a) - Fuchi with a Man Fishing - Walters 51994 - Back

A man is depicted in the prow of a boat fishing with a pole. He is wearing a straw hat and straw coat. On the reverse, a heron and a crow are depicted in flight.

Takase Eiju - Fuchi with Yamabushi Monks in the Mountains - Walters 511128 - Back

Takase Eiju - Fuchi with Yamabushi Monks in the Mountains - Walters 51...

Three yamabushi monks are depicted meeting on a mountain pass. They wear the distinctive yamabushi clothing, including a small hat and a sash with pom-poms around their necks. They carry wicker packs and walkin... More

Egawa Munetaka - Fuchi with Tiger and Bamboo - Walters 511042 - Mark A

Egawa Munetaka - Fuchi with Tiger and Bamboo - Walters 511042 - Mark A

A gold tiger with black shakudo stripes is shown crouched near bamboo. Tigers and bamboo are commonly paired on sword fittings. They represent the acceptance of the strong (tiger) by the weak (bamboo).

Ishiguro Masatsune II - Fuchi with Diving Duck - Walters 511112 - Mark A

Ishiguro Masatsune II - Fuchi with Diving Duck - Walters 511112 - Mark...

The lower half of a duck is shown as it dived below the surface of the water. Reeds overhang the top of the composition. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1113.

Ishiguro Masayoshi I - Fuchi with Sparrows and Autumn Flowers - Walters 511026 - Mark A

Ishiguro Masayoshi I - Fuchi with Sparrows and Autumn Flowers - Walter...

Two sparrows are on the front of the fuchi. On either side are autumn flowers, including bush clover, pampas grass, mist flowers, and chrysanthemums. Another sparrow is on the reverse. This is part of a set wit... More

Japanese - Fuchi with Crane and Reeds - Walters 51930 - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Crane and Reeds - Walters 51930 - Back

A crane in flight decorates the dominate side of the fuchi. Along the right side are reeds. Cranes are associated with Fukurokujû, who is depicted on the matching piece, Walters 51.931.

Japanese - Fuchi with Demon - Walters 511022 - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Demon - Walters 511022 - Back

A demon with a black shakudo body is depicted running away from Shôki the Demon Queller, who is depicted on the matching kashira (Walters 51.1023). Mountains are in the background on the left.

Japanese - Fuchi with Monkeys - Walters 51916

Japanese - Fuchi with Monkeys - Walters 51916

Three monkeys are depicted in gold, copper and shakudo. One monkey is dressed in a shirt and holds a stick with sacred "shide" papers attached. Such sticks are used to symbolize purification in Shinto ritual. T... More

Japanese - Fuchi with Orchids and Bamboo - Walters 5112483A

Japanese - Fuchi with Orchids and Bamboo - Walters 5112483A

Gold orchids decorate the front of the fuchi. Bamboo leaves on the reverse. This is part of a mounted set.

Japanese - Fuchi with Plovers - Walters 5111453A

Japanese - Fuchi with Plovers - Walters 5111453A

Pairs of black and white plovers in flight surround the rim of this fuchi. This is part of a mounted set.

Kôno Haruaki - Kashira with Birds - Walters 51957

Kôno Haruaki - Kashira with Birds - Walters 51957

The kashira is covered in a fish egg pattern ("nanako-ji"). One end is covered with gold enamel. On the enamel are three small birds in shakudo. One bird is on the side and two are on the top. This is part of a... More

Marukawa Hiroyoshi - Fuchi with Cymbals and Hat - Walters 511000

Marukawa Hiroyoshi - Fuchi with Cymbals and Hat - Walters 511000

At the right is a decorated hat worn by dancers performing as part of a type of court music known as "gagaku." Two cymbals are on the left. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1001.

Okamoto Tomokata - Fuchi with Cherry Blossoms - Walters 5112663A - Back

Okamoto Tomokata - Fuchi with Cherry Blossoms - Walters 5112663A - Bac...

The fuchi is decorated with a profusion of overlapping cherry blossoms. This is part of a mounted set in which most pieces are signed by Okamoto Tomokata.

Okamoto Tomokata - Fuchi with Cherry Blossoms - Walters 5112663A - Mark A

Okamoto Tomokata - Fuchi with Cherry Blossoms - Walters 5112663A - Mar...

The fuchi is decorated with a profusion of overlapping cherry blossoms. This is part of a mounted set in which most pieces are signed by Okamoto Tomokata.

Sugikawa Mototaka - Fuchi with Landscape - Walters 5112712A - Mark A

Sugikawa Mototaka - Fuchi with Landscape - Walters 5112712A - Mark A

The fuchi is decorated with a river or lake landscape seen. Sails of three small boats are depicted in gold on the front, framed by a rock and the top of a pine tree. The perspective is from above, as though lo... More

Tsuchiya Yasuchika - Fuchi with Rats and a Fan - Walters 51976 - Mark A

Tsuchiya Yasuchika - Fuchi with Rats and a Fan - Walters 51976 - Mark ...

On the front of the fuchi, a rat is depicted nibbling a fan decorated with autumn grasses. A second rat is on the reverse. This is part of a set with Walters 51.977.

Egawa Toshimasa I - Fuchi with Fish and Bamboo - Walters 51920 - Mark A

Egawa Toshimasa I - Fuchi with Fish and Bamboo - Walters 51920 - Mark ...

On either side of the fuchi are fish made of silver and shibuichi. The fish are accompanied by bamboo, suggesting they are displayed as foodstuff. This fuchi is part of a set with Walters 51.921.

Gotô Ichijô - Fuchi with Hollyhocks - Walters 5112593A - Mark A

Gotô Ichijô - Fuchi with Hollyhocks - Walters 5112593A - Mark A

Hollyhock blossoms and leaves are depicted on a background of fish egg pattern ("nanako-ji"). This is part of a mounted set.

Hamano Naoyuki - Fuchi with Basket of Peaches on a Table - Walters 511034

Hamano Naoyuki - Fuchi with Basket of Peaches on a Table - Walters 511...

At the right, a basket with four peaches is depicted on a Chinese style writing table. Clouds swirl around the right of the table. Peaches are a symbol of longevity because peaches from a mythical garden were s... More

Hamano Shôzui - Fuchi with Eibsu's Fishing Basket - Walters 51998 - Side A

Hamano Shôzui - Fuchi with Eibsu's Fishing Basket - Walters 51998 - Si...

The fuchi is carved to look like the rim of a fisherman's basket. A rod and fly are on the side of the basket. Because this is paired with a rice bale, it is a reference to the god of good fortune, Ebisu. The r... More

Ichinomiya Nagatsune - Fuchi with Man Paddling a Boat - Walters 51924

Ichinomiya Nagatsune - Fuchi with Man Paddling a Boat - Walters 51924

This fuchi shows a man in a row boat with his paddle in the water. It is part of a set with Walters 51.925.

Japanese - Fuchi with Chrysanthemums - Walters 5112342A - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Chrysanthemums - Walters 5112342A - Back

Two types of chrysanthemums appear on the fuchi. Large, full flowers are on the front and smaller chrysanthemums are on the reverse. This is part of a mounted set.

Japanese - Fuchi with Chrysanthemums - Walters 5112932A - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Chrysanthemums - Walters 5112932A - Back

The front is decorated with chrysanthemum blossoms and the reverse with chrysanthemum leaves. Two indentations allow the kozuka and the kogai to slide in and out of their mounting on the hilt. This is part of a... More

Japanese - Fuchi with Cymbals and Hat - Walters 511080 - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Cymbals and Hat - Walters 511080 - Back

At the right is a decorated hat worn by dancers performing as part of a type of court music known as "gagaku." Two cymbals are on the left.

Japanese - Fuchi with Dancing Figures - Walters 511076

Japanese - Fuchi with Dancing Figures - Walters 511076

Five figures are shown dancing around the sides of the fuchi. Some dancers carry drums. Others have fans or swords. This may be a form of "manzai" dancing to celebrate the New Year. Pine trees decorate the side... More

Japanese - Fuchi with Waves and Fishing Buoy - Walters 5112393A - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Waves and Fishing Buoy - Walters 5112393A - Back

The background of the fuchi is covered with lightly incised lines to indicate waves. On either side are stylized floral motifs. A fishing buoy is on the reverse. This is part of a mounted set.

Kurowa Katsubumi - Fuchi with Rabbits and Waves - Walters 5112363A

Kurowa Katsubumi - Fuchi with Rabbits and Waves - Walters 5112363A

Two gold rabbits on this fuchi are shown running over waves. According to folklore, female rabbits conceived by doing this on the eighteenth day of the eight month. This is part of a mounted set.

Okamoto Tomokata - Fuchi with Cherry Blossoms - Walters 5112663A

Okamoto Tomokata - Fuchi with Cherry Blossoms - Walters 5112663A

The fuchi is decorated with a profusion of overlapping cherry blossoms. This is part of a mounted set in which most pieces are signed by Okamoto Tomokata.

Tadatsugu - Fuchi with Herons Beside a River - Walters 511002

Tadatsugu - Fuchi with Herons Beside a River - Walters 511002

At the right, two herons stand on the trunk of a plum tree. A stream runs diagonally from upper right to lower left. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1003.

Toshiyuki - Fuchi with Heron - Walters 51962

Toshiyuki - Fuchi with Heron - Walters 51962

A silver heron with a gold beak is shown at the right side of the fuchi. Behind the heron is a reed of copper and gold. Gold wires are set into the background to depict water. This is part of a set with Walters 51.963.

Yanagawa Naomasa - Fuchi with Bamboo - Walters 5112493A - Back

Yanagawa Naomasa - Fuchi with Bamboo - Walters 5112493A - Back

Gold bamboo and leaves are set off by the black background. The matching kashira has a tiger. Tiger and bamboo are a common motif indicating the acceptance of the strong (tiger) by the weak (bamboo). This is pa... More

Yanagawa Naomasa - Fuchi with Curtain near a Maple Tree - Walters 511028 - Mark A

Yanagawa Naomasa - Fuchi with Curtain near a Maple Tree - Walters 5110...

A curtain is shown hung near maples trees. Such curtains were used to create separate spaces outdoors, such as for a picnic or within a military camp.

Gotô Seijô - Fuchi with Chinese-style Lions and Peony - Walters 5112153A - Mark A

Gotô Seijô - Fuchi with Chinese-style Lions and Peony - Walters 511215...

One side of the fuchi is decorated with a Chinese style lion ("karashishi"). Peony blossoms are on the other side. Peonies are associated with China. This is part of a mounted set.

Ichikawa Teruchika - Fuchi with Cherry Blossoms Floating on Waves - Walters 51907 - Side A

Ichikawa Teruchika - Fuchi with Cherry Blossoms Floating on Waves - Wa...

Cherry blossoms and leaves are shown intermixed with waves. Cherry blossom season is widely celebrated in Japan, and cherry blossoms have come to be a symbol of the country. This kashira is part of a set with W... More

Japanese - Fuchi with Demon - Walters 511126 - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Demon - Walters 511126 - Back

A demon is depicted laying on his back. He is trying to flee from Shôki the Demon Queller, who is shown on the matching kashira, Walters 51.1127.

Japanese - Fuchi with Rooster and Chick - Walters 511082

Japanese - Fuchi with Rooster and Chick - Walters 511082

A rooster and incised chrysanthemums are on the front. On the back is a chick. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1083.

Japanese - Fuchi with Sword and Dragon - Walters 5112683A - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Sword and Dragon - Walters 5112683A - Back

This iconography of a dragon wrapped around a sword represents Kôbô Daishi's sword. Kôbô Daishi (also known as Kûkai; 774-834) was a Buddhist priest who studied in China and founded the Shingon sect of Buddhism... More

Japanese - Fuchi with Waterfall - Walters 511040 - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Waterfall - Walters 511040 - Back

Between rocks on either side, a waterfall is shown crashing into waves at its bottom. Small bamboo shoots grow on the rocks. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1041.

Morikawa Toshikage - Fuchi with Rock and Waves - Walters 5112143A

Morikawa Toshikage - Fuchi with Rock and Waves - Walters 5112143A

A rock on the front of the fuchi extends above the edge. Bamboo grows on the rock and it is surrounded by waves. This is part of a mounted set.

Nakagami Motohiro - Fuchi with Herons and Irises - Walters 51992 - Back

Nakagami Motohiro - Fuchi with Herons and Irises - Walters 51992 - Bac...

At the right, two herons stand in stream. Gold iris flowers are at the left and reverse. Irises bloom in early summer. This is part of a set with Walters 51.993.

Oishi Akichika - Fuchi with Magpies on a Bridge - Walters 511090 - Back

Oishi Akichika - Fuchi with Magpies on a Bridge - Walters 511090 - Bac...

Three magpies are shown on a bridge over a stream. At the left is maiden flower. Magpies are associated with the festival of Tanabata because they were said to form a bridge with their wings which allowed the ... More

Oishi Akichika - Fuchi with Pigeons under a Pine Tree - Walters 511084 - Mark A

Oishi Akichika - Fuchi with Pigeons under a Pine Tree - Walters 511084...

Two pigeons are depicted beneath pine tree branches. Stylized waves on the back indict that this scene is on the seashore. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1085.

Tanaka Kiyotoshi - Fuchi with Morning Glory - Walters 5111993A

Tanaka Kiyotoshi - Fuchi with Morning Glory - Walters 5111993A

A morning glory in copper and shakudo is depicted on the front of the fuchi. Morning glories are autumn plants and often literary references. This is part of a mounted set.

Uchikoshi Hirotoshi - Fuchi with Running Man - Walters 51913 - Mark A

Uchikoshi Hirotoshi - Fuchi with Running Man - Walters 51913 - Mark A

A man in a workman's loincloth is depicted running. In his left hand is a rope. He may be running to help subdue the earthquake fish ("namazu") depicted in Walters 51.914.

Yoshioka Inabanosuke - Fuchi with Plum Blossoms - Walters 5112793a - Mark A

Yoshioka Inabanosuke - Fuchi with Plum Blossoms - Walters 5112793a - M...

A branch with plum blossoms is incised along the rim of the fuchi. This is part of a mounted set.

Yoshitsugu - Fuchi with Fish and Bamboo - Walters 511124

Yoshitsugu - Fuchi with Fish and Bamboo - Walters 511124

A big eyed snapper is shown lying on gold bamboo on the front with a founder on the reverse. The fish are displayed as food, not as living animals. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1125.

Ômori Hidetomo - Fuchi with Fish and Waves - Walters 5112643A

Ômori Hidetomo - Fuchi with Fish and Waves - Walters 5112643A

Three fish are depicted in strong waves. This is part of a mounted set in which the tsuba, fuchi, kozuka, and kogai are all signed by Ômori Hidetomo.

Hamano Naoyuki - Fuchi with Basket of Peaches on a Table - Walters 511034 - Mark A

Hamano Naoyuki - Fuchi with Basket of Peaches on a Table - Walters 511...

At the right, a basket with four peaches is depicted on a Chinese style writing table. Clouds swirl around the right of the table. Peaches are a symbol of longevity because peaches from a mythical garden were s... More

Hironao - Fuchi with Heron, Boat and Reeds - Walters 51928 - Back

Hironao - Fuchi with Heron, Boat and Reeds - Walters 51928 - Back

The prow of a rowboat is shown between reeds on the right. At the left is a heron in flight. This is part of a set with Walters 51.929.

Ishiguro Koreyoshi - Fuchi with Lotus Flowers - Walters 5112872a

Ishiguro Koreyoshi - Fuchi with Lotus Flowers - Walters 5112872a

The fuchi is part of a unified composition with the koi-guchi kanagu at the end of the hilt. Together, they depict lotus blossoms and leaves. This is part of a mounted set.

Ishiguro Masayoshi I - Fuchi with Herons and Reeds - Walters 5112303A

Ishiguro Masayoshi I - Fuchi with Herons and Reeds - Walters 5112303A

On the front of the fuchi, two herons stand beneath reeds. Decorative rocks are on the right side. This is part of a mounted set.

Iwamoto Konkan - Fuchi with Halberd with Dragon's Head - Walters 51944 - Back

Iwamoto Konkan - Fuchi with Halberd with Dragon's Head - Walters 51944...

This fuchi shows the blade of a halberd with a dragon head decoration at its base. This halberd is the weapon of the 2nd-century Chinese general Kanyu (Ch. Guan Yu [Kuan Yu]). A fan of feathers ("hauchiwa") is ... More

Japanese - Fuchi with Dragon in Clouds - Walters 5112193A

Japanese - Fuchi with Dragon in Clouds - Walters 5112193A

On the front of the fuchi, the golden head of a dragon emerges from clouds. Dragons were associated with water and often shown in clouds or waves. This is part of a mounted set.

Japanese - Fuchi with Monkeys and Blossoming Cherry Tree Branch - Walters 51948 - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Monkeys and Blossoming Cherry Tree Branch - Walt...

Three monkeys are shown hauling a cherry tree branch with a rope. Two monkeys are on the front and one is depicted on the reverse. The monkey closest to the branch has another branch in his hand that he is prob... More

Japanese - Fuchi with Peony and Swallow - Walters 5112743a

Japanese - Fuchi with Peony and Swallow - Walters 5112743a

The front of the fuchi shows a swallow perched on a branch near a full peony. A decorative rock is on the reverse. This is part of a mounted set.

Katô Jûkashichi - Fuchi with Plum Tree Branches - Walters 5111662A - Back

Katô Jûkashichi - Fuchi with Plum Tree Branches - Walters 5111662A - B...

The plum tree branches depicted on the fuchi form part of a larger composition with the matching koi-guchi kanagu on the scabbard. Plums are the first flower to blossom in the spring. This is part of a mounted set.

Oishi Akichika - Fuchi with Pigeons under a Pine Tree - Walters 511084

Oishi Akichika - Fuchi with Pigeons under a Pine Tree - Walters 511084

Two pigeons are depicted beneath pine tree branches. Stylized waves on the back indict that this scene is on the seashore. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1085.

Okamoto Naoshige - Fuchi with Chinese Warrior - Walters 511032 - Back

Okamoto Naoshige - Fuchi with Chinese Warrior - Walters 511032 - Back

This mounted warrior is probably one of the characters from the 14th-century Chinese novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." The novel is set in the 2nd century and 3rd century, and describes historical events. ... More

Takase Eiju - Fuchi with Yamabushi Monks in the Mountains - Walters 511128

Takase Eiju - Fuchi with Yamabushi Monks in the Mountains - Walters 51...

Three yamabushi monks are depicted meeting on a mountain pass. They wear the distinctive yamabushi clothing, including a small hat and a sash with pom-poms around their necks. They carry wicker packs and walkin... More

Unno Moritoshi - Fuchi with Autumn Flowers - Walters 5111932a - Back

Unno Moritoshi - Fuchi with Autumn Flowers - Walters 5111932a - Back

The gold fuchi is decorated with chrysanthemums and fringed pink flowers. The first character of the artist's name is engraved beneath where the kozuka sits on the sword. The second character is on the accompan... More

Yamamoto Tsuneyuki - Fuchi with Bush Clover - Walters 5112702A - Top

Yamamoto Tsuneyuki - Fuchi with Bush Clover - Walters 5112702A - Top

The front edge of the fuchi is incised with bush clover, one of the celebrated autumn plants. On the reverse is the first character of the artist's name. The second character is on the matching koi-guchi kanagu... More

Gotô Mitsumasa - Fuchi with Heron and Autumn Flowers - Walters 511092 - Back

Gotô Mitsumasa - Fuchi with Heron and Autumn Flowers - Walters 511092 ...

At the left, a heron is shown in flight. At the right are several celebrated autumn flowers, including fringed pink, arrowroot, pampas grass, and chrysanthemums. On the reverse is a goose and bamboo. This is pa... More

Hamano Toshiyuki - Fuchi with Mandarin Ducks - Walters 511086 - Back

Hamano Toshiyuki - Fuchi with Mandarin Ducks - Walters 511086 - Back

A pair of Mandarin ducks is portrayed sitting on a rock. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1087.

Ishiguro Masayoshi II - Fuchi with Herons and Reeds - Walters 511066

Ishiguro Masayoshi II - Fuchi with Herons and Reeds - Walters 511066

Two herons are depicted standing amongst reeds. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1067.

Japanese - Fuchi with Dragon in Clouds - Walters 5112503A - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Dragon in Clouds - Walters 5112503A - Back

The gold body of this dragon appears to weave in and out from the background. The dragon also extends over the edge of the fuchi. This is part of a mounted set.

Kashira Yoshihide - Fuchi with Kusunoki Masashige and his Son Masatsura - Walters 5111603A - Mark A

Kashira Yoshihide - Fuchi with Kusunoki Masashige and his Son Masatsur...

Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1336) was one of the commanders of the Imperial troops of Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339) at the Battle of Minato River in 1336. The emperor had regained control of the country from the Hô... More

Kimura Tomonaga - Fuchi with Seven Sages in a Bamboo Grove - Walters 51986 - Back

Kimura Tomonaga - Fuchi with Seven Sages in a Bamboo Grove - Walters 5...

This motif derives from seven scholars in Chinese during the 3rd century who withdrew from society. The fuchi shows four sages (one of whom is on the reverse) and a page boy. The other three sages on the kashir... More

Kimura Tomonaga - Fuchi with Seven Sages in a Bamboo Grove - Walters 51986

Kimura Tomonaga - Fuchi with Seven Sages in a Bamboo Grove - Walters 5...

This motif derives from seven scholars in Chinese during the 3rd century who withdrew from society. The fuchi shows four sages (one of whom is on the reverse) and a page boy. The other three sages on the kashir... More

Okamoto Naoshige - Fuchi with Chinese Warrior - Walters 511032 - Mark A

Okamoto Naoshige - Fuchi with Chinese Warrior - Walters 511032 - Mark ...

This mounted warrior is probably one of the characters from the 14th-century Chinese novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." The novel is set in the 2nd century and 3rd century, and describes historical events. ... More

Sasayama Tokuoki - Fuchi with Pine Tree and Stream - Walters 511118 - Back

Sasayama Tokuoki - Fuchi with Pine Tree and Stream - Walters 511118 - ...

The trunk and branch of a pine tree are shown on the front of the fuchi. A stream is on the reverse. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1119.

Tsuchiya Yasuchika - Fuchi with Rats and a Fan - Walters 51966 - Mark A

Tsuchiya Yasuchika - Fuchi with Rats and a Fan - Walters 51966 - Mark ...

A rat is shown nibbling a fan decorated with autumn flowers. A second rat is on the reverse of the fuchi. This is part of a set with Walters 51.967.

Tsuchiya Yasuchika - Kashira with Rat and a Hanging Scroll - Walters 51967 - Back

Tsuchiya Yasuchika - Kashira with Rat and a Hanging Scroll - Walters 5...

A hanging scroll with a Chinese landscape is shown with a rat sitting by the bottom of the painting. This is part of a set with Walters 51.966.

Yatsuji Katsutomi - Fuchi with Sparrows - Walters 511056 - Mark A

Yatsuji Katsutomi - Fuchi with Sparrows - Walters 511056 - Mark A

Nine sparrows with silver breasts are shown in flight. This is part of a set with Walters 51.1057.

Egawa Munetaka - Fuchi with Tiger and Bamboo - Walters 511042

Egawa Munetaka - Fuchi with Tiger and Bamboo - Walters 511042

A gold tiger with black shakudo stripes is shown crouched near bamboo. Tigers and bamboo are commonly paired on sword fittings. They represent the acceptance of the strong (tiger) by the weak (bamboo).

Gotô Seijô - Fuchi with Chinese-style Lions and Peony - Walters 5112153A

Gotô Seijô - Fuchi with Chinese-style Lions and Peony - Walters 511215...

One side of the fuchi is decorated with a Chinese style lion ("karashishi"). Peony blossoms are on the other side. Peonies are associated with China. This is part of a mounted set.

Hamano Toshiyuki - Kashira with A Nightingale on a Plum Tree Branch - Walters 511087

Hamano Toshiyuki - Kashira with A Nightingale on a Plum Tree Branch - ...

A nightingale on a plum tree branch is a reference to a poem by the Chinese poet Hakurakuten (Ch. Bai Juyi [Po Chü-i]) (772-847). In the poem, the owner of a plum tree refuses to cut off a flowering branch beca... More

Itô Masatoshi - Fuchi with Dragons and Clouds - Walters 5112263A

Itô Masatoshi - Fuchi with Dragons and Clouds - Walters 5112263A

On either side of the fuchi is a dragon in clouds. This is part of a mounted set.

Iwamoto Konkan - Fuchi with Spiny Lobster - Walters 51934 - Mark A

Iwamoto Konkan - Fuchi with Spiny Lobster - Walters 51934 - Mark A

A spiny lobster is on the dominate side of this fuchi and a sea plant is on the back. This is part of a set with Walters 51.935.

Japanese - Fuchi with Armor - Walters 5112383A - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Armor - Walters 5112383A - Back

On the front of the fuchi, a helmet and sword are depicted. The helmet has a dragon head decoration. On the reverse is a conch shell that was used for signaling. This is part of a mounted set.

Japanese - Fuchi with Bamboo - Walters 5112633A - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Bamboo - Walters 5112633A - Back

The fuchi is shaped like a bamboo stalk with leaves on its surface. This is part of a mounted set.

Japanese - Fuchi with Bamboo - Walters 5112762A - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Bamboo - Walters 5112762A - Back

The fuchi is in the shape of stem of bamboo bent into a circle and decorated with bamboo leaves. This is part of a mounted set.

Japanese - Fuchi with Chrysanthemum Leaves - Walters 5112103A

Japanese - Fuchi with Chrysanthemum Leaves - Walters 5112103A

The chrysanthemum leaves ringing this fuchi are repeated in the matching kashira. Other pieces in the set have chrysanthemum flowers. This is part of a mounted set.

Japanese - Fuchi with Gold Rim - Walters 5111922a

Japanese - Fuchi with Gold Rim - Walters 5111922a

This mostly plain fuchi has a gold rim where it meets the tsuka. This is part of a mounted set.

Japanese - Fuchi with Millet and Straw Basket - Walters 511104 - Back

Japanese - Fuchi with Millet and Straw Basket - Walters 511104 - Back

Heads of millet are shown with a flat straw basket. Millet is a grain that was mixed with rice or eaten in place of rice. The matching kashira is Walters 51.1105.

Kikuoka Mitsunori - Fuchi with Japanese Warrior under a Pine Tree - Walters 511004 - Mark A

Kikuoka Mitsunori - Fuchi with Japanese Warrior under a Pine Tree - Wa...

A Japanese warrior dressed in armor is shown with his back to the viewer. His head is upturned and he is pointing towards a tree on the left. The subject appears to be an illustration of a warrior narrative. Th... More

Komori Harutoshi - Fuchi with Waves - Walters 5111543A - Mark A

Komori Harutoshi - Fuchi with Waves - Walters 5111543A - Mark A

A band of raised dots surrounds the top edge of the fuchi. Below is a band of waves. This is part of a mounted set.

Nobuyoshi - Fuchi with Paulownia - Walters 5112023A - Back

Nobuyoshi - Fuchi with Paulownia - Walters 5112023A - Back

On the front of the fuchi is the truck of a paulownia tree with blossoming branches. This is part of a mounted set.

Okada Setsuga - Fuchi with Bird in Flight - Walters 5112912a - Mark A

Okada Setsuga - Fuchi with Bird in Flight - Walters 5112912a - Mark A

A black bird is shown in flight near a tree branch. This is part of a mounted set.

Sano School - Fuchi with Chinese Lantern Plants - Walters 5112653A

Sano School - Fuchi with Chinese Lantern Plants - Walters 5112653A

Three Chinese lantern plants ("hôzuki") surround the edge of the fuchi. Chinese lantern plants bloom in the summer. This is part of a mounted set of sword fittings all depicting Chinese lanterns.

Tamagawa Hôju - Fuchi with Horses Emerging from a Gourd - Walters 51970 - Mark A

Tamagawa Hôju - Fuchi with Horses Emerging from a Gourd - Walters 5197...

A silver gourd is depicted in relief on the side of the fuchi. The side of the gourd is cut open to show three gold horses inside. Three horses are also shown having emerged from the gourd; one on the front and... More

Yanagawa Naomasa - Fuchi with Bamboo - Walters 5112493A - Mark A

Yanagawa Naomasa - Fuchi with Bamboo - Walters 5112493A - Mark A

Gold bamboo and leaves are set off by the black background. The matching kashira has a tiger. Tiger and bamboo are a common motif indicating the acceptance of the strong (tiger) by the weak (bamboo). This is pa... More

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