Sword Mountings for Daisho

Sword Mountings for Daisho
With red-lacquered scabbards bound with a thin metal strip
Momoyama - Edo period, 17th century
Owned by Ii Naotaka (1590-1659), 2nd lord of the Hikone domain
Gift of Ii Family

These mountings were designed for a set of katana sword and wakizashi sword.This example is characterized by the striking contrast of black and vermilion, which most probably reflects Ii clan’s tradition – extending from daimyo to vassals – of using red for battle gear.

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